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Leather clutch owned by a Polish Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2018.63.2

Leather clutch purse used by Runia and Szlama Majzels (later Samuel Maizels) when they emigrated from Hamburg, Germany, to Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. Runia and Szlama were both born in Kraśnik, Poland. In September 1939, in accordance with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Germany invaded western Poland while the Soviet army annexed eastern Poland. German forces occupied Kraśnik on September 15. In February 1941, Runia was forcibly transported from Krasnik to the city of Lublin, and transferred to Majdanek killing center after it was constructed that fall. Runia worked as a forced laborer until she was moved to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, which was liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945. Szlama was imprisoned for a time in Gross Rosen concentration camp, and was one of 700 men transferred on October 21, 1944, to the Brünnlitz subcamp to work at Oskar Schindler’s arms factory in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. After the war, the couple reunited and relocated to Hamburg, Germany, where their first daughter was born. They sailed for the United States on December 17, 1950, and settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where they changed their last name to Maizels and had another daughter. Several members of Runia and Szlama’s families were imprisoned in the Budzyń labor camp near Krasnik, and died around November 1942.

use:  approximately 1950
use: Germany.
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Frances Maizels Rifkin, in memory of her parents Runia Korman Maizels and Szlama Maizels.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:02
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