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White floral netted lace rectangular doily saved a German Jewish prewar emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2013.430.4

White lace sample doily saved by 34 year old Irene Schweizer, who fled Germany on a Kindertransport with her 6 year old son Hans in July 1939, joining her husband in England. The lace was acquired by Irene’s father, Leonhard Regensburger (1858-1914), who was a silk and textiles merchant France for many years before becoming a partner in a linen manufacturing company in Plauen, Germany. When Hitler rose to power in Germany in January 1933, Irene lived in Mannheim, with her husband, Friedrich Schweizer. Irene’s stepfather, Nathan Karlsruher, died in October 1933 and Irene’s mother and half-sister, Jella and Ruth Karlsruher, 11, moved in with them. In 1936, Friedrich was fired from his job as a bank manager because he was Jewish. During Kristallnacht on November 10, 1938, Friedrich was arrested and sent to Dachau. Nazi party supporters invaded their home and destroyed their belongings. In January 1939, Friedrich was released. Irene made arrangements for him to go to England in June. In July, Irene picked up Hans, from his school for the deaf in Berlin to go to England. They emigrated to the United States in March 1940 and settled in Chicago. Irene arranged for her mother and sister to get to America in September 1940.

creation:  approximately 1903-1912
emigration:  1939 July
use: Mannheim (Germany)
creation: Plauen (Germany)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Doilies (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Audrey Eisenmann and Geoffrey Eisenmann
Record last modified: 2022-08-12 07:05:54
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