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Pair of pinwheel shaped cuff links with ribbon covering owned by a Jewish resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2012.473.7 a-c

Set of ribbon covered pinwheel shaped metal cuff links owned by Menachem Konkowski, a Jewish resistance fighter in Belgium during the German occupation. The cuff links are covered in the type of fabric used to make ties at the textile factory owned by his in-laws, Michael and Yechoved Blinbaum. They had to abandon their factory and go into hiding in 1942. Menachem had their stock and materials removed and hidden, which made it possible for them to immediately restart their business after the war. Belgium was conquered by Nazi Germany in May 1940. The Germans enacted anti-Jewish legislation to persecute the Jewish population. Beginning in late 1941, Menachem, under the alias, Moliere, organized a Jewish resistance group, also called Moliere, the 9th Brigade of the Belgian Nationalist Movement in Uccle, a civil resistance organization. His unit committed acts of sabotage against the German occupiers, as well as assaults on German soldiers, and warehouse raids to acquire large weapons caches. The Moliere Group also gathered information on and arranged for the elimination of collaborators. Menachem placed his two young daughters, Renee 7, and Claudia, 4, in hiding with Aurelia Parent in 1942. He and Ita hid elsewhere, and were constantly on the move. Belgium was liberated by Allied troops on September 3, 1944. Menachem was honored by the Belgian and Polish governments for his wartime activities.

Date
after 1945  (use)
Geography
use : Brussels (Belgium)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Cuff links
Object Type
Cuff links (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claudine Davison, Diane Leigh Davison, and Renée Alalouf
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:05
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