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Small doll made from a stick by a French Jewish hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2013.462.2

Small stick doll made by 8 year old Helene Chajet while in hiding in Arleuf, France. Helene was often lonely and had always wanted a doll, so she carved the doll out of a stick with a knife. Her foster mother gave her a scrap of cloth to dress it. Helene never named the doll but loved it and took it with her everywhere. France was occupied by Germany in June 1940. Helene was placed into hiding with Georges and Louise Dussert by her parents, Abel and Chana, after mass arrests in Paris in summer 1942. The entire village knew she was Jewish, but when the Germans searched Arleuf for partisans in 1943, no one gave her up. After the war ended in May 1945, Helene was reunited with her parents and three siblings, Eva, Isaac, and Leon, who had hidden separately. Almost all of Helene’s extended family perished in the Holocaust.

Date
1943  (creation)
1943-1945  (use)
Geography
creation : Arleuf (France)
use : Arleuf (France)
Classification
Toys
Category
Dolls
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elen Chajet Murad
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:32
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