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Pen and ink desk set carved by a Czech Jewish survivor in a British detention camp

Object | Accession Number: 2015.162.1 a-f

Desk set with ink wells carved by Israel Haimovich while in a British detention camp in Cyprus in 1948. It is carved in the shape of the bridge that linked two of the camps and the inkwells are carved in the shape of the Nissen huts that housed the detainees, tents, and a guard tower. Israel was originally from Czechoslovakia, which was annexed by Nazi Germany and its allies in 1938-1939. Israel was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. He was liberated by US troops on April 11, 1945. His siblings, mother, grandmother, wife, and son were all killed during the Holocaust. After recuperating in an American military hospital, Israel joined other survivors preparing to emigrate to Palestine. In 1946, he married Judith Itzkivich, a Czech survivor of Auschwitz. In 1947, they left on a Ma'apilim ship with other survivors to illegally enter Palestine. They were captured by the British who governed Palestine and had strict immigration limits. They were sent to a detention camp on Cyprus, where they remained until permitted to enter Palestine. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland.

creation:  1948-1948
creation: British detention camp; Cyprus
Object Type
Desk sets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gadot and Haimovich families
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:43:24
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