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Porcelain figurine of a young girl in a white dress given to a Ukrainian Jewish family

Object | Accession Number: 2017.358.2

White, glazed, hand painted porcelain figurine of a young girl wearing a light purple bodice, and a white skirt with green and gold spots owned by Frida Farbenblum. The figurine was made by E. & A. Müller in Thuringia, Germany. The company operated from 1890-1927 producing luxury porcelain until it was taken over and merged with competitors. Frida was an elderly Jewish woman from the city of Beregszász, Czechoslovakia (now Berehove, Ukraine), who babysat her neighbor’s young child, Katalin Weinrauch. In 1938 Czechoslovakia was partitioned by several countries, with Hungary receiving the Beregszász region. In 1944, Germany occupied the area, created a ghetto and forced the Jewish population to move there. Before she left for the ghetto, Frida gave this figurine to Katalin’s family to remember her by. In May 1944, the ghetto inmates were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German occupied Poland. Frida was murdered at Auschwitz and Katalin kept the figurine to preserve her memory.

Date
1895-1927  (manufacture)
1944 May  (received)
Geography
received : Berehove (Ukraine)
manufacture : Thuringia (Germany)
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Ceramics
Genre/Form
Porcelain figures.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Katalin Weinrauch
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Record last modified: 2018-08-28 11:08:34
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