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Black leather infant's ankle boots worn by a German Jewish child

Object | Accession Number: 2013.456.2 a-b

Black leather baby shoes worn by Bruno Korn as a child in Hindenburg, Germany. His mother saved the shoes and gave them to Bruno, who took them with him when he left Germany in 1939. When Hitler came to power in Germany in January 1933, 22 year old Bruno, a cloth cutter, was living in Breslau with his parents, Simon and Jetka, and brother Rudolf. In April, Bruno was arrested and accused of making faces at Nazi officials. He was beaten, whipped, and forced to work construction on a future concentration camp for a week. During Kristallnacht on November 10, 1938, Bruno was arrested and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Living conditions were bad and Bruno was beaten. He was released in January 1939 and returned to Breslau, but was told to leave Germany. Late that spring, Bruno and his wife Jetka traveled to Milan, Italy. Following the outbreak of war in September 1939, Bruno was arrested in Genoa and held in Campagna internment camp in southern Italy. He was released in May 1941 and joined his wife in Potenza, Italy. They were liberated by Canadian forces in September 1943. All their family members were killed during the Holocaust. The couple emigrated to the United States in 1946.

Date
approximately 1911-1915  (use)
1939  (emigration)
Geography
use : Hindenburg (Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ribnick, in memory of Bruno and Jesse Korn
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:05
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