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Embossed aluminum flat top steamer trunk used by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2005.140.4

Steamer trunk, part of a set with 2005.140.3, used by Ernest Fried when he emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. Ernest was running the family lumber business in Landau when Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30, 1933. Following the Reichstag Fire in late February, Germany became a police state and Jews often were forced to give up their businesses. Ernest and his mother were preparing to leave Germany when Ernest was arrested on November 10, 1938, during Kristallnacht. He was on a transport to Dachau concentration camp when the Gestapo found a receipt for his emigration tax and released him. He returned to Landau and sold the lumber business. He and his mother sailed from England for the United States on the SS Manhattan on January 14, 1939.

Date
1938 December 15  (emigration)
Geography
use : SS Manhattan (Ship); Landau in der Pfalz (Germany)
Language
German
English
French
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Fried
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:15
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