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Pair of men's black leather lace-up ankle boots owned by a Jewish refugee during his escape from Vienna

Object | Accession Number: 2004.628.5 a-b

Boots owned by Isidor Bieder who was forced to leave Vienna, Austria, with his wife, Fanny, and their two daughters, 14 year old Frieda, and 10 year old Gertrude, in January 1939. After the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938, anti-Jewish laws were passed and Jews were targeted for persecution. Germans raided the family’s apartment, taking most of their valuables, and a little later, Isidor’s business was confiscated. During the November Kristallnacht pogrom, Isidor was arrested and beaten. As a condition of Isidor’s release from prison, he agreed to leave Austria with his family. They received their exit permits on January 16, 1939, and left for Haifa, Palestine. After nearly a year, they sailed from there to Greece, then to the United States, and arrived in New York City on December 18.

Date
1939  (emigration)
1938  (received)
Geography
received : Vienna (Austria)
Language
English
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Object Type
Boots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Bieder Meisner and the Estate of Gertrude Bieder Meisner
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:09
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