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Handmade stationery folder brought with a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2004.19.6

Handcrafted stationery portfolio given to Anna Zajac, 13, by her elder brother, Felix, in October 1938, after he was notified that he was being deported from Berlin, Germany, to Poland. Felix made the folder when he was 13 at summer camp circa 1935. Their father, Wolf, was deported in 1935. The nine siblings and their mother, Dora, were expected to join him. But Dora was ill with tuberculosis and, except for the two eldest, Felix and Samuel, the children were placed in the Ahawah orphanage in 1936. Dora died on January 5, 1938. Samuel then left for Poland. After Felix was deported, he and Samuel joined a Zionist group and, by 1940, escaped to Palestine. Anna and four siblings were sent on the second Kindertransport to Great Britain in December 1938. Another sister, Lydia, arrived in 1939; the two youngest, twins Hella and Hermann, were sent to Sweden. Anna emigrated to the United States in February 1948. She was soon joined by several of her siblings, all of whom survived the war.

Date
1938 October-1937  (received)
approximately 1935 July  (creation)
Geography
received : Ahawah (Orphanage : Berlin, Germany)
Category
Stationery
Object Type
Notebooks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anna Leist
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:38
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