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Trunk used by a German Jewish refugee nurse and postwar aid worker

Object | Accession Number: 2005.579.30

Wooden trunk used by John and Alice Redlich Fink for travel to the US. Alice was a nurse at the displaced persons camp established in the former Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany after the war. Alice left Nazi Germany in 1938 for England to continue her nurse's training. She volunteered with the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and, in September 1946, left for the Bergen-Belsen dp camp to care for children and young women. Her mother, father, brother, and grandmother were all murdered in Auschwitz. She met and married Hans Finke, a fellow German Jewish relief worker, at the camp in 1948. Hans had been a prisoner of Monowitz, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Flossenberg, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. His parents were murdered in Auschwitz and his sister survived in hiding. Alice and Hans married on June 20, 1948, in the DP camp. The couple, Alice pregnant with their first child, emigrated to the United States on August 29, 1949.

Date
approximately 1946-1949  (use)
1949 August 26  (emigration)
Geography
use : DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen; Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Fink
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 16:11:39
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