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Brown Vulcan fiber suitcase inscribed and used by a German Jewish couple

Object | Accession Number: 2012.299.3

Vulcan fiber suitcase used by Mathilde and Adolf Daniel de Beer when they left Oldenburg, Germany, for Hamburg in the late 1930s where they lived for the duration of the war. Adolf was president of the synagogue in Oldenburg and operated a large commercial laundry with branches outside the city. In January 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany and instituted government policies to persecute Jews. People were encouraged to boycott Jewish businesses and, in August 1936, Adolf closed his stores. The synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938. Mathilde had converted to Judaism prior to their marriage and was issued the identification card of a non-Jew. They left Oldenburg and moved to Hamburg where Mathilde had family. Adolf lived in hiding and Mathilde kept them fed and housed throughout the war, during which Hamburg was destroyed by Allied bombing. After the war ended in early May 1945, the couple returned to Oldenburg. Most of their family members perished during the Holocaust.

use:  approximately 1942-1945 May
use: Hamburg (Germany)
Object Type
Suitcases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Abraham Levi
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:29
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