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Doll's white cotton sleeveless slip given to a young girl by a friend in Theresienstadt ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 1992.4.2

Doll's white cotton slip with buttoned shoulder straps given to 9 year old Inge Auerbacher by her 9 year old friend Ruth Abraham in September 1944 when they were both prisoners in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia. Inge and her parents, Berthold and Regina, shared a room with Ruth and her parents at the camp. Ruth was just a few months older than Inge and the girls had identical dolls. Seven year old Inge and her parents, Berthold and Regina, were deported from Goppingen, Germany, in August 1942 to Terezin. In September 1944, Inge's father was told to report to SS headquarters for a selection for deportation. He had been told to go to the girl with the typewriter which he did. She put a red circle around their names and they were not put on the list. Ruth and her parents were selected. Before Ruth left, she gave Inge doll clothes that her mother had made for her. Ruth and her parents were sent to Auschwitz and killed. Inge and her parents were liberated at the camp by Soviet troops on May 8, 1945. The camp was placed in quarantine because of a typhus epidemic. When it was lifted they returned to Inge's grandmother's home in Jebenhausen. The people living in the house prepared them a room. They learned that her grandmother was probably shot in Riga and nearly all of their relatives who had been unable to leave Europe were murdered in the camps. Inge and her parents left Germany after nine months for the US.

creation:  1942-before 1944 September
received:  1944 September
received: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
creation: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Object Type
Doll clothes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Inge Auerbacher
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:59:01
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