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School supply metal box inscibed in Yiddish received by a Polish Jewish girl in a displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2006.479.3

Metal box received by Judith Wagner when she was a teenager living in the Wels displaced persons camp in Austria from 1946-1951. It is inscribed in Yiddish: "To our Jewish brothers and sisters from the Jewish community of South Africa". The boxes were sent to school children in the DP camps, to whom "they were luxuries." It originally held crayons, scissors, thread and needles, and writing materials. Judith, with her parents and younger sister, were deported, with all other Jews, from Rudnik nad Sanem, Poland, to Soviet territory, in 1939. When they refused to accept Russian citizenship, they were exiled to Siberia. After 16 months, they were permitted to move to Kazakhstan, where they stayed for the remainder of the war. In 1945, they were repatriated to Poland; after 6 months, the family moved to the Wels camp. With the aid of an affidavit of sponsorship from Judith's paternal uncle, Avraham, they were able to emigrate to the United States, in 1951.

Date
1946-1951  (received)
Geography
distribution : Wels (Displaced persons camp); Wels (Austria)
Language
Yiddish
Classification
Containers
Category
Metal containers
Object Type
Workboxes (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eddie and Judith Weinstein
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:27
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