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Stars and stripes dress worn by a German Jewish woman for a DP camp theatrical performance

Object | Accession Number: 2018.70.2

Stars and stripes costume worn by Margret Simon Hantman in a musical revue at Deggendorf displaced persons (DP) camp. The costume was designed by a Viennese couple, most likely Paul and Erna Sucher, and was made in a sewing group. In order to stay busy and bring some normalcy to their lives after the war, Margret and her friends formed a theater group and staged productions at the 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. 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 DP camp that summer. She met her first husband Felix Huber at Deggendorf, and in 1946 they both immigrated to the United States.

Date
after 1945 May-before 1946 May  (creation)
Geography
creation : Deggendorf (Displaced persons camp); Deggendorf (Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Dresses (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Costume.
Dresses.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margaret Hantman
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Record last modified: 2018-05-31 08:31:24
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