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Voigtlander Bessa camera and case used by a German Jewish family while imprisoned in Gurs

Object | Accession Number: 2013.478.3 a-b

Voigtlander Bessa self-erecting camera and fitted leather case used by Renee, Edith, Edmund, and Friedel Kann, a German Jewish refugee family from Saarbrucken, Germany, while they were imprisoned in Gurs internment camp in Vichy France from May to August 1940. Renee’s family left Saarland after its 1935 reunification with Germany and settled in France. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded France, and 7 days later, Renee’s family was arrested by French authorities as enemy aliens. They were sent to Gurs internment camp in southwestern France. On August 14, the family was released and settled in Villeurbanne, Vichy France. In June 1942, Friedel sent Renee and Edith into hiding in Le Chambon sur Lignon. In late September, the family paid a guide to help them escape over the Swiss border. Renee’s family reached Basel, Switzerland on October 3, where they remained until the end of the war. On July 10, 1947, they left for the US.

use:  approximately 1940 May-approximately 1940 August
manufacture:  after 1929-before 1936
use: Gurs (Concentration camp); Gurs (France)
manufacture: Braunschweig (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Kann Silver
Record last modified: 2022-09-21 10:31:53
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