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Hand-embroidered child's vest made by a Polish Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2019.302.2

Hand-embroidered child’s vest sent to Sara Lamhaut in Brussels, Belgium, by her grandmother, Rykla Goldwasser, in Łódź, Poland. Sara was born in Brussels in 1931, to Polish parents, Icek and Chana Lamhaut. After Belgium was invaded by Germany in May 1940, Chana and Icek began participating in resistance activities, including covertly printing Jewish newspapers in their apartment. On May 26, 1942, Chana and Icek were taken into custody by gestapo and SS officers. Icek was released, but Chana was imprisoned and tortured for six months in the Saint Gilles prison. She was then sent to the Mechelen (also known as Malines) transit camp, and deported on October 24, 1942, to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland, where she was killed. Icek then joined l’Armée Belge des Partisans (the Belgian Army of Partisans). In September 1942, he placed Sara in the care of Andrée Geulen, a member of the Comité de Défense Juive (CDJ, Jewish Defense Committee). Sara was hidden as a Catholic in a series of convent schools near Brussels, under the assumed name of Jeannine van Meerhaegen. In July 1943, Icek was arrested by the German authorities and was deported from Mechelen to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was killed. After Belgium was liberated by Allied forces in September 1944, she was taken in by a non-Jewish friend of her parents for seven years. At 16, Sara passed her citizenship exam and officially became a Belgian citizen. Rykla likely died in the Łódź Ghetto during the Holocaust.

Date
creation:  after 1931 May-before 1942 September
Geography
creation: Łódź (Poland)
use: Brussels (Belgium)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Vests (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Vests.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sara Lamhaut Boucart
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:04
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