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Painted plastic doll given to a young Jewish girl in hiding in France

Object | Accession Number: 2015.489.2

Baby doll given to Renee Lyszka, age 4, either while she was living in hiding in France in 1944, or just after the war. In May 1940, a couple months after Renee was born in Paris, Nazi Germany invaded France. The armistice signed in June placed Paris under German military administration. Anti-Jewish policies were enacted and deportations of Jews to camps in the east began by 1942. Renee and her father Abraham did not look Jewish and, with false papers as Christians, they were able to move about. Her mother Sara had to remain hidden at home. In 1944, a neighbor denounced Sara to the Gestapo and she was taken to Drancy transit camp. Abraham, a tailor, had made uniforms for the French guards and he was able to pay a bribe and get her released. They then placed Renee in hiding with Sara's sister Renee in St. Pardoux. Paris was liberated in August 1944, and Renee was reunited with her parents.

received:  approximately 1944
manufacture:  after 1926-before 1940
received: France
manufacture: France
Object Type
Dolls (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the loving family of Renee Lisse Sachs (Toujours Dans Nos Coeurs)
Record last modified: 2023-06-13 16:15:14
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