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Red leather purse with decorative lacing carried by a Jewish refugee during her escape from Vienna

Object | Accession Number: 2004.628.8

Purse owned by Fanny Bieder who was forced to leave Vienna, Austria, with her husband, Isidor, and their two daughters, 14 year old Frieda and 10 year old Gertrude, in 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.

emigration:  1939 January 20-1939 December 18
received:  1938
received: Vienna (Austria)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Bieder Meisner and the Estate of Gertrude Bieder Meisner
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:44
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