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Tin mug issued to a Jewish girl and her family at a displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2017.309.1

Tin mug issued to Julie (Jula) Weinstock, 5, her grandfather Aizik Eisen, and rescuer Lucia Nowicka in Wegscheid displaced persons camp, known as Camp Tyler, in Linz, Austria in 1946. In June 1941, when Julie was two months old, her hometown, Lvov, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) was occupied by German troops during their invasion of the Soviet Union. In July several thousand Jews were massacred in pogroms by local Ukrainians. In November, Jula and her family were forced into the Lvov ghetto and her grandfather, Aizik was taken to Jaktorow labor camp. Aizik escaped and in late 1943, he rescued Jula and her family from the ghetto and they hid in a forest bunker. He decided Jula and her 5 month old sister Tola had to hide elsewhere as their crying made it dangerous for the others. In December he arranged for himself, Tola, and Jula to live with Lucia Nowicka, who worked for a Catholic family. Aizik impersonated her husband and the two girls were introduced as nieces. When Lucia was briefly arrested, Aizik hid Tola in a Catholic children's home. During bombing in late spring 1944, the home was evacuated and he and Jula never saw Tola again. The bunker where Jula’s family was hiding was discovered by the Germans and everyone inside was murdered. Lvov was liberated in June 1944, and the war ended in May 1945. Aizik, Jula, and Lucia lived in several displaced persons camps. Aizik learned that young orphans could get United States entry visas and was able to get one for Jula. In 1948 Jula was sent to America where she changed her name to Julie and lived in orphanages. Aizik and Lucia married and immigrated to the US in 1950. In 1955 Julie was adopted by Fred and Thea Klestadt, Jewish immigrants who had arrived from Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1937

Date
after 1946 June  (received)
1946 June-1949  (use)
Geography
received : Camp Tyler displaced persons camp; Linz (Austria)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Mugs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Julie Klestadt Keefer
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Record last modified: 2018-06-21 13:45:15
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