Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Brazilian cigar box

Object | Accession Number: 2009.263.33

Cigar box use to hold ration stamps that may have belonged to Abigail de Vries or her children. It is for a Brazilian cigar brand, but has a Dutch label on the bottom. Abigael was living in Amsterdam with her two children, 10 year old Hansje and 9 year old Ingeborg, when it was occupied by Germany in May 1940. The family was deported to Westerbork transit camp on May 26, 1943. In September, the children were released and sent to an orphanage in Amsterdam. Abigael was deported the next day to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. On January 25, 1944, she was transferred to Theresienstadt which was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. She was able to return to Amsterdam in July 1945. Her children were with her sisters who had taken custody of them from the orphanage in 1943. Hansje was paralyzed from the neck down, having been shot in the neck by a German soldier on April 23, 1945, while foraging for coal with his sister. Amsterdam had experienced severe food and fuel emergencies since the spring of 1945 so Abigael sent Inge to Copenhagen for several months to regain her health. Hansje died of his injuries on July 11, 1946.

Language
Portuguese
Dutch
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Object Type
Cigar boxes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Diana Nikkels
Expand all
 
Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:35
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn532741