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Blue and silver HIAS badge acquired by a Polish Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.467.2

HIAS pin acquired by Pinchas Hendel when he left for the US after the war with the aid of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. On September 14, 1939, German troops occupied Hrubieszow, Poland, where Pinchas lived, along with his parents Aron and Rachel, his brother Izak, and his sister Keile Taube, with her husband and children. The Germans handed it over to Soviet forces on September 17 to comply with the German-Soviet Pact in which they divided Poland. The Germans reoccupied Hrubieszow on October 3 when the partition line was changed to the Bug River. As the Soviets retreated, many residents, especially young Jewish men, fled eastward to Soviet occupied territory. Pinchas went to Wlodzimierz Wolynski in eastern Poland. He remained in Soviet occupied territory for the duration of the war. After the war ended in May 1945, Pinchas lived in several displaced persons camps in Germany. He married Christina Knies in September 1949 and they left for the US in 1950. Most of Pinchas’s family was killed during the Holocaust.

received:  after 1947-before 1950 December
received: Bremen (Germany)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zina Hendel Wexler DiLorenzo
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:27
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