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Beige leather purse with decorative piping used by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2003.454.18

Beige leather handbag with shoulder strap bought by Lilli (Karoline) Schischa in Great Briatin where she was sent on a Kindertransport from Austria on July 13, 1939. Lilli bought the purse in England ca. 1945 and used it to store the seventy letters she received from her brother Edi from Palestine. In March 1938, Nazi Germany marched into Austria and made it part of the Third Reich. The clothing store owned by Lilli's parents, Wilhelm and Johanna, in Wiener Neustadt was seized. Lilli's brother, Edi, 24, left for Palestine in October 1938. Her father was arrested during the Kristallnacht pogrom that November, but released after ten days. Her parents were able to get Lilli, then age 11, out of the country on a Kindertransport that left on July 13, 1939. Her parents were unable to get permits to leave and, on February 1941, were deported to the ghetto in Opole, Poland. They later perished in the ghetto or in Sobibor killing center. Lilli returned to Vienna ca. 1947.

emigration:  1939 July 13
use:  1945-1950
received: Great Britain
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilli Schischa Tauber
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 11:49:00
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