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Pewter mustard pot owned by Otto Frank

Object | Accession Number: 2018.613.4

Pewter mustard pot owned by the Frank family. Otto Frank was one of three children born to Michael and Alice Frank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He had three siblings, Robert, Herbert, and Helene. Michael had founded a family banking business, which his wife and sons took over after his death in 1909. Helene moved to Basel, Switzerland, with her husband in 1931, and Herbert immigrated to France in 1932. After Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in January 1933, authorities quickly began suppressing the rights and personal freedoms of Jews, and boycotting their businesses. Shortly thereafter, Robert immigrated to England, and Otto immigrated to the Netherlands with his wife, Edith, and two daughters, Anne and Margot. In October 1933, Alice joined Helene in Basel. The Netherlands was invaded by Germany in May 1940, and Otto’s family went into hiding in July 1942. They were discovered and arrested in August 1944, and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland. Otto was the only one of the four to survive the Holocaust, and returned to Amsterdam in June 1945. While rebuilding his life, Otto married Fritzi Geireinger, a former neighbor whose daughter he had met while in Auschwitz. Otto joined the rest of his family in Basel in 1952, and married Fritzi the following year. Otto published the diary his daughter, Anne, had used to document their time in hiding, and devoted the rest of his life to fighting for human rights and organized international youth conferences.

manufacture:  after 1800-before 1900
manufacture: Europe
Household Utensils
Object Type
Mustard pots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ryan M. Cooper
Record last modified: 2021-06-21 13:34:10
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