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St. Anthony statuette received by a Jewish child who was living in hiding as a Polish Catholic

Object | Accession Number: 1992.82.2 a-c

St. Anthony figurine given to 7 year old Selma Scwarzwald. She was living in hiding with her mother as a Polish Catholic under the name Zofia Tymejko and completely adopted this identity. She attended church and, after liberation by Soviet troops, celebrated her First Communion. Selma and her mother, Laura, escaped from the ghetto in German occupied Lvov, Poland (Lviv, Ukraine) after her father was shot by the Gestapo in 1942. They adopted false identities as Catholics and lived briefly in Krakow, then moved to Busko Zdroj. They emigrated to England in 1948 after there were violent anti-Jewish riots in the area. That was when Zofia learned that she was Jewish; news that shocked her after her upbringing in an antisemitic environment where she had been taught to hate Jews.

received: Busko-Zdroj (Poland)
Object Type
Figurines (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sophie Turner-Zaretsky
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:10
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