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Enameled cooking pot with lid used by a German Jewish family forced to emigrate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.306.12 a-b

Cooking pot and lid brought with Gisela Berg and her family to Kenya where they lived after fleeing Cologne, Germany, in May/June 1939. They used this pot when preparing for Passover. The family was warned by neighbors to leave their home in Lechenich prior to the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9-10, 1938. Their homes were vandalized and the family decided to leave Germany. Jill's father Josef, his brother George, and cousin Ernest fled to the Netherlands. They were arrested, but their uncle, Herman Meyer, hired a lawyer and the men were detained but not deported. This gave the family time to find a country where they could emigrate legally. A friend got them permits for British-ruled Kenya and eventually seventeen family members relocated to a cattle ranch near Nairobi. When the war ended in May 1945, the family decided to leave Africa. With the help of two cousins in the US, visas were obtained for the family. Gisela, 14, her sister Inge, 18, her parents Josef and Klara, and other family members arrived in Boston in March 1947.

Date
approximately 1939 June  (emigration)
Geography
received : Lechenich (Germany)
use : Kenya
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Cookware
Object Type
Pots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jill Berg Pauly
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:18
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