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Enameled metal drinking cup used by a Jewish infant in a displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2018.369.4

Enameled mug used by Chana (Anna) Bilfeld, as an infant living in Displaced Persons (DP) camps near Ulm, Germany, with her family between 1948 and 1949. Chana was born in 1948, to Szapse and Malka Fuchs Bilfeld. Chana's parents, her brother Mozes, and her Bilfeld and Fuchs relatives were living in Maidan / Majdan Królewski (also known as Kolbuszowa), Poland, when German forces invaded on September 12, 1939. Majdan remained under German control when the Soviet Union annexed eastern Poland in mid-September. By the beginning of 1940, Jews in Majdan were only allowed to leave the village if they did so as part of a forced labor battalion. In July, Szapse, Malka, Mozes, Szapse’s brother, Yankel, and most of the Fuchs family fled east into Soviet-occupied Poland. They hid for more than a year, resting during the day, traveling at night, and stealing food as needed. In 1941, they found themselves in Kamionka Struminlova (now Kam'ianka-Buz’ka, Ukraine). Later, they continued traveling to the east, and spent time hiding in the mountainous areas near many towns in the Soviet Union. During 1942, the family was forced into slave labor camps in the region. After the war ended in May 1945, the Bilfeld and Fuchs families made their way to the American zone in Germany. Szapse learned that his parents and three other siblings had been killed, possibly in 1941. In Ulm, Malka’s family was reunited with Leiser. In November 1949, the Bilfeld family immigrated to the United States, and most of the Fuchs family immigrated to Israel.

use:  approximately 1948-approximately 1949
use: Ulm (Germany)
Household Utensils
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Drinking cups (lcsh)
Drinking Vessels.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anna Moscovitch
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 15:47:38
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