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Stamped black plastic dust comb owned by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2007.101.11

Lice comb kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer when she and her family fled in February 1941. The comb was made at the plastics factory owned by her father in Kaunas. Hanni, her parents, Moritz and Setty, and her 14 year old brother, Karl, fled Kaunas, Lithuania, 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.

emigration:  1941 February
1941 February
received: Kaunas (Lithuania)
en route: Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
Object Type
Combs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hanni Vogelweid
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 11:49:05
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