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Stainless steel toothbrush rinse cup given to a Holocaust survivor in Sweden

Object | Accession Number: 2016.325.2

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.

Date
1945-1946  (received)
Geography
received : Sweden
manufacture : Stockholm (Sweden)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Drinking cups (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Cup.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Hauser
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Record last modified: 2018-08-14 07:47:33
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