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Drawing compass and accessories in a case used by a young girl living in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2005.428.2 a-c

Compass owned by 17-year-old Leon Apfel, a drawing student in Antwerp, Belgium, before World War II. Leon’s 10-year-old sister, Lea, admired the compass and took it with her in 1942 when she was sent into hiding with a Catholic family as the Germans were rounding up the Jews of Belgium for deportation to concentration camps. The compass was the only family possession that survived with her. Leon had fled Belgium before the round-ups and tried to make his way to Switzerland, but was captured in France, imprisoned in the Drancy transfer camp, and on September 18, 1942, deported to Auschwitz. On October 24 of that year, their parents were deported to Auschwitz from Belgium. All three were killed in the camp.

use:  1942
use: Antwerp (Belgium)
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lea Bierlaire-Apfel
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:55
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