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Beige purse with cross stitched initials used by a Jewish woman in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2003.318.4

Monogrammed cloth clutch used by Lea Abramowicz and her husband Mendel while the couple lived in hiding in German occupied Belgium from September 1942 to September 1944. The couple used the purse to store photographs and correspondence. It might originally have been Lea's mother's, Tauba Mescherowsky. Lea and Mendel were living in Brussels when Germany invaded on May 10, 1940. After the Germans began large scale deportations of Jews in September 1942, they went into hiding under the false surname Abeloos. One month later, Lea had a son, Georges, who was hidden separately. Lea and Mendel stayed in their apartment for a year and a half, then moved to the outskirts of Brussels, assisted by Oskar and Nana Ruyts. Lea eventually had to take Georges into hiding with them because he was teething and cried at night and those hiding him feared discovery. They had to move to two more times as the crying made neighbors suspicious. Lea, Mendel, and Georges were liberated by American forces on September 3, 1944.

Date
1942-1944  (use)
Geography
use : Brussels (Belgium)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Clutch bags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Myriam Abramowicz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:06
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