Wooden spinning wheel used while in hiding in Belgium
Tools and Equipment
Sewing equipment and supplies
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jean Iarchy
Spinning wheel purchased by Laja Iarchy while she was living in hiding with her family in Durbuy, Belgium. She used it to spin wool from local sheep from which she knitted socks and sweaters that she sold to support her family. After the Germans invaded Belgium in May 1940, they enacted anti-Jewish legislation, confiscated property, and soon were targeting Jews for deportation to labor camps. To escape persecution, the Iarchy family decided to go into hiding in early 1942. Laja, her 3 year old son, Jean, and her mother left Antwerp and, with the assistance of the Belgium resistance, found refuge in Durbuy. Her husband, Moise, tried to join them there, but was arrested and deported to the Golleschau labor camp, where he died on January 10, 1943. Durbuy was liberated by US troops in September 1944. Laja and her family returned to Antwerp the following summer.
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Also in Laja Grad Iarchy collection
The collection consists of a spinning wheel and photographs relating to the experiences of Laja Grad Iarchy, her son, Jean, and their family in Belgium before and during the Holocaust.
The papers consist of an original photograph of Jean Iarchy's parents, Moise and Laja Grad Iarchy, with friends at the Institut de Commerce in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1931, as well as two copyprints of Jean Iarchy's birthday party on April 4, 1941, and a copyprint of Moise and Jean Iarchy in the garden prior to going into hiding in the summer of 1941.