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Plastic doll with handmade clothes received by girl in DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 2007.520.2

Small plastic doll with blonde hair and handmade clothes received by Zelda Kamieniecki as a child in Neu Ulm displaced persons camp in Germany in 1947. Zelda was an infant in August 1941 when German troops occupied her birthplace, Rovno, Poland (Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine). Zelda and her mother Chana Bebczuk Wachs were relocated to a labor camp. Chana worked digging ditches in the nearby forest. In 1943, the Gestapo came to the camp with orders to transport 5000 people, including Zelda and Chana, to a different camp. Everyone was loaded into wagons and taken toward the woods where the ditches had been dug. Chana convinced an officer to let her get a drink of water from an abandoned farmhouse. She broke a window, escaped through it with Zelda, and ran through gunfire to the nearby forest. Chana and Zelda hid in the woods with a group of Soviet partisans and other escaped Jews. After Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, Chana took Zelda to Munich, Germany, in order to find work. While there, Chana met and married Mendel Kamieniecki. In 1946, the family relocated to the displaced persons camp in Neu-Ulm. Zelda’s sisters, Mindla and Malka, were born in the dp camp. They were reunited with Chana's father, Pesach Bebczuk, but most of their other family members were killed during the war. The family emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Date
approximately 1947  (received)
Geography
received : Neu Ulm (Displaced persons camp); Neu-Ulm (Germany)
Classification
Toys
Category
Dolls
Object Type
Dolls (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Paul and Sally Edelsberg
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:47
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