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Wooden box painted with a woman in Lithuanian folk dress given to a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2007.101.6

Decorative box kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer as a souvenir of Lithuania when she and her family fled that country in February 1941. Hanni, her parents, Moritz and Setty, and her 14 year old brother, Karl, fled Kaunas due to the Soviet occupation in 1940. They planned to emigrate to the United States, but visa restrictions made them take a difficult route through Russia to Japan. Classified as stateless refugees when they reached Japan in March 1941, they were deported to Shanghai where they survived the war in the Hongkew ghetto. Hanni married a US soldier and emigrated to the United States in 1946. Her family emigrated the next year.

received:  approximately 1938
emigration:  1941 February
received: Kaunas (Lithuania)
en route: Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hanni Vogelweid
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:54:39
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