Stainless steel toothbrush rinse cup given to a Holocaust survivor in Sweden
manufacture : Stockholm (Sweden)
- Object Type
Drinking cups (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Hauser
Stainless steel, toothbrush rinse cup given to Vera Hauser postwar while recovering in a Swedish hospital. Vera was a Hungarian Jewish woman from Budapest. In March 1944, Germany occupied Hungary and in November Vera was rounded up with 70,000 other Jews in Budapest and forced to march to Austria. She survived a mass shooting of her fellow prisoners and was taken by train to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Lower Saxony, Germany. While there she contracted typhoid fever. Bergen-Belsen was liberated by the British army on April 15, 1945. Vera was sent to a hospital in Sigtuna, Sweden to recover from her illness. While there she befriended a nurse and lived with her family. Before she left Sweden in 1946, Vera’s friend gave her several objects to take home with her. When Vera returned to Hungary, she found her family destitute. To help provide for her family, she sold all the possessions she was given in Sweden except for the toothbrush rinse cup.
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Also in Vera Hauser collection
The collection consists of a toothbrush cup, newspaper clippings, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Vera Hauser in Sweden after World War II.
Documents including: "Lakarkort", in Swedish; 2 "Field Medical Cards"; Identity card issued by the Hungarian Consulate in Sweden in 1946; letter regarding repatriation; Newspaper clippings; family photographs