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Portrait of a German Jewish girl in a handmade burlap frame

Object | Accession Number: 2018.70.5

Framed, black and white, photographic portrait of Eva Simon, the sister of Margret Simon Hantman. The photograph was given to her in Berlin before the war. The frame was made from a piece of coarse mattress by a woman Margret shared a room with while imprisoned at Sackish-Kudowa labor camp. Prior to the war, Margret and her family lived in Berlin, Germany, where her father owned a grocery store. In 1935, his store was taken by the authorities after the Nuremberg Laws were passed and he was forced to work as a laborer on the outskirts of the city. In October 1942, her sister Eva was sent on a transport to Rīga, Latvia, where she was murdered. In December, Margret and her parents were sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in Czechoslovakia. In September 1944, Margret’s father was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in German occupied Poland, where he was murdered. The following month she and her mother were sent there as well. Margret’s mother was killed soon after they arrived. Margret was sent to a large room where she was forced to remove her clothes and give up her belongings. She hid this small photo of her sister and a tiny Star of David on a chain in her mouth. She kept the items there throughout the process of showering and having her hair shaved off. After a few weeks, Margret was sent to Sackisch‐Kudowa labor camp to work in an airplane factory. She and the other prisoners were freed in May 1945, and Margret made her way to Deggendorf displaced persons camp that summer. She met her first husband Felix Huber at Deggendorf, and in 1946 they both immigrated to the United States.

received:  before 1942
creation:  after 1944 November-before 1945 May
received: Berlin (Germany)
use: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
creation: Kudowa-Sackisch (Concentration camp); Kudowa Zdroj (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margret Hantman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:03
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