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Wedding dress shipped to the United States by a German Jewish woman murdered at Riga

Object | Accession Number: 2018.58.2

Cream silk wedding dress, worn by Alice Lubranitsky Plocki, a German Jewish woman, and shipped to the United States prior to her deportation and murder at the Riga ghetto in 1941. Alice married Robert Plocki in the early 1930s. The couple lived in Berlin where Robert manufactured women’s dresses. Robert’s brother, who lived in New York, sent an affidavit for the couple to immigrate to the United States. Thinking she would soon be able to immigrate, Alice had her dress shipped ahead. However, in the aftermath of Kristallnacht, Robert was arrested, imprisoned in Sachsenhausen, given prisoner number 8086, and badly beaten. He sustained an injury to his leg, causing the American consul to reject their visa applications. Alice and Robert were deported from Berlin to the Riga ghetto in German-occupied Latvia, arriving on November 30, 1941. All 1,053 deportees from their train, including Alice and Robert, were killed shortly after arrival, likely in the Rumbula forest under the orders of Friedrich Jeckeln, the local SS commander. In late January 1942, Alice's parents, Benno and Gertrude, were deported from Dresden to the Riga ghetto, possibly Jungfernhof, a makeshift concentration camp near Riga. They were both likely killed two months later, but were not officially declared dead until December 1945. Alice’s older brother, Walter, had immigrated to the United States in 1938, received his U.S. citizenship papers in 1943, and trained in the War Department’s Military Intelligence Division, with a unit known as the Ritchie Boys. He returned to Europe with his unit from October 1944 to December 1945.

Date
use:  after 1930-before 1941
Geography
use: Germany
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Wedding dresses (aat)
Genre/Form
Dresses.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bernard Lubran
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:51
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