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Embroidered floral blouse made prewar by a Polish Jewish woman for her sister

Object | Accession Number: 2013.291.1

Halutzka or peasant blouse with embroidered flowers made by Shoshana Galicki Feizensztajn, about 16 years old, as a parting gift for her sister Chava when she left their hometown of Siedlce, Poland, for Palestine in 1933. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in September 1939. Siedlce was in Soviet controlled territory. In June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. German forces occupied Siedlce, and set up a Jewish ghetto. In August, Shoshana, her husband Shalom, and their infant daughter were confined to the sealed ghetto. At some point, Shoshana was shot and killed by the Germans. There were several mass shootings of Jews in Siedlce in 1942, and most of the residents were shipped to Treblinka killing center in August. Chava's entire family, except her sisters Chava and Dvora, who also left for Palestine, perished during the Holocaust.

received:  1933
received: Siedlce (Poland)
creation: Siedlce (Poland)
Clothing and Dress
Women's clothing
Object Type
Blouses (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gila Klepatch and Sara Mages, in memory of Zeev and Sara Galicki and Reizl Shoshana Galicki Feizensztajn, her husband Shalom and their small daughter, all murdered during the Holocaust
Record last modified: 2022-08-15 09:05:00
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