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Cunard White Star blue luggage tag used by a Polish Jewish prewar emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2013.473.5

Cunard White Star blue luggage tag used by 28 year old Ryfka (Rita) Tewel when she left Bartkowka, Poland, for the United States in July 1938. Ryfka's US visa was sponsored by a maternal aunt and her husband in Pittsburgh, and Ryfka settled there. In 1941, Rita married Benjamin Newberg, who agreed to help bring her brother and four sisters to the United States. They sent money to Rita’s siblings, but never heard from them again. On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The war ended with Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945. During the German occupation, at least three million Jewish citizens of Poland were murdered. Rita believed her family members were killed in a concentration camp.

use:  1938 July
received: London (England)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Luggage tags (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jamie Phillips and Lisa Phillips, in memory of their grandparents, Morris and Rita Newberg Weiger, and their mother, Harriet Newberg Phillips
Record last modified: 2023-07-10 10:44:58
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