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Miniature doll's suitcase given postwar to Jewish child who had lived in hiding as a Polish Catholic

Object | Accession Number: 1992.82.4

Doll's miniature suitcase given to 10 year old Selma (Zofia) Scwarzwald before she left Poland in 1948. Selma, born Jewish, had lived during the war 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 in January 1945. Selma and her mother, Laura, had escaped from the ghetto in German occupied Lvov, Poland (Lviv, Ukraine) in 1942 after her father was shot by the Gestapo. They adopted false identities as Catholics and lived briefly in Krakow, then moved to Busko Zdroj. They emigrated to England in 1948 after 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.

Date
approximately 1948  (received)
Geography
received : Busko-Zdroj (Poland)
Classification
Toys
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sophie Turner-Zaretsky
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:56
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