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Leather wallet with a painted geometric design used by a Polish Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.178.6

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    Leather wallet with a painted geometric design used by a Polish Jewish refugee


    Brief Narrative
    Painted brown wallet owned by Yuda (Ido) Kornmann, a Jewish man from Sokal, Poland, who survived the Holocaust with his wife Hela and young daughter Regina. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Three weeks later, the Soviet Union invaded from the east. Sokal was in eastern Poland (later Ukraine) and was occupied by the Soviet Union. When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941, the town was overrun by German troops on June 23. Most of Ido’s relatives and the Jewish population of Sokal were deported to Belzec killing center in 1942. After the war ended in May 1945, Ido, Hela, and Regina presumably lived as displaced persons in Germany near Foehrenwald. The family, now including two young sons, emigrated to the United States in 1950.
    emigration:  1950 January
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Henry and Shelley Kornman

    Physical Details

    Dress Accessories
    Object Type
    Wallets (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, brown leather, bifold wallet with a scalloped and geometric stamped design hand painted in red, orange, green, blue and black. On 1 side of the interior is a large accordion pocket with a leather trimmed cloth divider. On the other side is a large slot pocket with a curved edge and a leather trimmed cloth divider. A small curved slot pocket is sewn on the center of the large pocket. The large pockets are sewn into the edge seams and open near the inner horizontal wallet fold, which is reinforced with a strip of brown leather. The interior is lined with black cloth. The painted design has faded and the large pockets are detaching.
    overall: Height: 4.125 inches (10.478 cm) | Width: 6.250 inches (15.875 cm) | Depth: 0.500 inches (1.27 cm)
    overall : leather, cloth, thread, paint

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    The wallet was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Henry and Shelley Kornman, the son and daughter-in-law of Julius Kornman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-08-15 10:00:31
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