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Monogrammed black and tan laced leather wallet used by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2007.101.7

Leather billfold received by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer when she and her family fled Kaunas, Lithuania, in February 1941. It has a scene of Kaunas on the front and was given to her by a friend shortly before her departure. 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:  1940
emigration:  1941 February
received: Kaunas (Lithuania)
en route: Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Wallets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hanni Vogelweid
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:54:47
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