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Light brown leather billfold used by a Polish Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2012.358.2

Light brown leather wallet owned by Lew Minuskin. Lew lived in Zhetel (Zdieciol) Poland (Dziatlava, Belarus), which was occupied by the Soviet Union in September 1939. In June 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union and occupied Zhetel. Frmo 1941-1942, Lalb was assigned to a forced labor battalion that assisted the Soviet Army. From 1942-1945, he had sent to From 1942-1945, he was sent to live in Kokand Fergana in eastern Uzbekistan, a border region of the Soviet Union, where he worked as a mechanic. When the war ended on May 9, 1945, Lajb traveled to Munich, Germany, where he lived in a displaced persons camp. By 1949, he was living in a DP camp near Frankfurt. He applied to the International Relief Organization for assistance to emigrate to the United States where his brother Shlmake had gone with his family in September 1946. By 1956, Lajb had joined them in New York. Lew's brother Shlamke, had survived with his wife, Shanke, and two young sons, Henikel and Kalmanke, by living with the Lenin Partisan Brigade in the Lipiczanski (Lipichanski) forest. With the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Shlamke and his family left Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany for the United States, and arrived in New York on September 6, 1946.

Dress Accessories
Object Type
Wallets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Harold Minuskin
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:08:52
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