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National Society of Colonial Daughters essay award with case won by a Polish Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1989.277.18 a-b

Medal and presentation case awarded in 1949 to twenty year old Nina Schuster by the National Society of Colonial Daughters "for a patriotic essay of superior merit, titled "The Contribution of Our Immigrants." 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.

issue:  1949
issue: United States
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nina Schuster Merrick
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:31
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