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Beige patch embroidered with Czechoslovakia owned by a Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2012.431.2

Cloth badge embroidered with Czechoslovakia acquired by Ruth Rappaport, possibly when she worked as a foreign correspondent in Israel from 1948-1950. On November 8, 1938, one night before the Kristallnacht pogrom, Ruth’s non-Jewish neighbors in Leipzig, Germany, warned her parents, Mendel and Helene, not to leave their house the following day. Sixteen year old Ruth went out and witnessed the burning of her synagogue and other brutal acts against the Jewish population. Ruth and her parents soon left for Switzerland. After a few months, Mendel and Helene decided to return to Leipzig, but Ruth did not want to go back, and jumped off the train as it was leaving the station. Ruth’s maternal uncle Carl Rubenstein sponsored her immigration to the United States. Ruth left on October 26, 1939. and went to live with her uncle in Seattle. Until 1941, Carl tried to acquire visas for Mendel and Helene to travel from Cuba to America, but the entry of the US into the war in December ended that possbility. Ruth later learned that Helene and Mendel were deported to Buchenwald concentration camp, where Helene was murdered in August 1943, and Mendel died from heart failure on January 13, 1944.

received:  approximately 1948-approximately 1950
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Bartis
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:14:02
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