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Kenyan wood sculpture of two gazelles owned by a German Jewish refugee family

Object | Accession Number: 1989.306.14

Carved wooded sculpture of an adult gazelle with one young offspring acquired by Gisela Berg and her family in Kenya where they lived after fleeing Cologne, Germany, in May/June 1939. 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 family 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. They obtained visas with the help of two cousins in the US. Gisela, 14, her sister Inge, 18, her parents Josef and Klara, and other family members arrived in Boston in March 1947.

after 1938 July-before 1947 March
creation : Kenya
received : Kenya
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jill Berg Pauly
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 06:58:45
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