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Two dried flower bundles preserved by an Austrian Jewish Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2012.479.2

Dried flowers saved in an envelope by Erich Kupferberg, who at age seven was sent by his parents Baruch and Hedwig from Vienna to London in early 1939 on the Kindertransport [Children’s Transport]. After Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany on March 12, 1938, anti-Jewish legislation was enacted to ostracize the Jewish population. The Kristallnacht pogrom that November was especially brutal in Vienna. Most synagogues were destroyed and Jewish shops and homes were vandalized. Great Britain agreed to admit refugee children under 17 from Germany and German annexed territories and aid societies coordinated Kindertransports. Erich was assisted by the Refugee Children’s Movement. He lived with a distant relative in London, then in a home in Barnstaple. In April 1944, Erich went to New York to live with his maternal uncle, Dr. Siegfried Baruch, who had left Austria for the US in February 1939. Baruch and Hedwig left Vienna in April 1939 for Shanghai, China. In December 1948, they traveled from China for Israel, and in September 1949 returned to Austria. In March 1950, they arrived in New York and were reunited with Erich.

Plant materials
Object Type
Dried flowers (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Erich Kupferberg
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:20:14
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