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Brown leather briefcase acquired by a Polish Jewish woman in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 1989.277.1

Leather briefcase used by 17 year old Nechama (Nina) Szuster to carry her important documents after the war. It was acquired with the assistance of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). Nina was originally from Rotkitno, Poland, where she lived with her parents Yeshua and Masha, and siblings Yitzthak and Chana. Rokitno was occupied by the Soviet Union in September 1939. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Nina's mother was arrested and hanged. Nina and her family were moved to Berisov ghetto (Barysau, Belarus.) In August 1942, Nina escaped to the forest during an SS raid. Shortly after this, the ghetto was surrounded and the inhabitants murdered by German SS and local Ukrainians. While hiding, Nina encountered an uncle and two cousins. They joined the Kopvak partisan group and Nina learned to be a nurse. In February 1943, the partisan commander Kopvak sent Nina to technical school in Moscow, where she remained until the war ended in May 1945. She went to Poland to search for survivors, but found none. Nina then went to Eschwege displaced persons camp in Germany. In February 1947, she left for America to join her maternal aunt.

received:  approximately 1946
received: Eschwege (Germany)
Object Type
Briefcases (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nina Schuster Merrick
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:26
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