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Pair of black leather lace-up ice skates owned by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2007.101.13 a-b

Pair of ice skates kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer when she and her family fled Lithuania in February 1941. "I couldn't bring much, and I loved ice skating and I could take my ice skates because I thought in America you can ice skate." 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. following the Soviet occupation in 1940. They planned to emigrate to the United States, but quota 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, China, 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.

Date
approximately 1938  (received)
1946  (emigration)
Geography
received : Kaunas (Lithuania)
en route : Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
Language
French
English
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Object Type
Ice skates (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hanni Vogelweid
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:07
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