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Brown leather portfolio carried by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2003.454.19

Leather case used by her father given to Lilli (Karoline) Schischa by her aunt when Lilli returned to Austria after the war ca. 1947. Her father Wilhelm used it to store the over fifity documents he gathered as he tried to secure visas for himself and Lilli's mother Johanna to leave Austria. 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, age 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 out of the country on a Kindertransport that left for Great Britain 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
received: Wiener Neustadt (Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilli Schischa Tauber
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:06
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