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Decorative pin with engraved initials CB made in Kenya for a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2014.307.2

Handcrafted pin with the initials CB made for Clara Davids Berg, when the extended Berg family was living in Kenya after fleeing Cologne, Germany, in May/June 1939. The family had lived in nearby Lechenich for generations, but under the Nazi dictatorship, which took power in 1933, Jews were made outcasts from German society. The Berg's were warned by neighbors to leave their home prior to the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9-10, 1938. Their houses were vandalized and the family decided to leave Germany. They wanted to stay together as a family and a friend got them permits for British ruled Kenya. Eventually 17 family members relocated to a cattle ranch near Nairobi. Clara's son-in-law Josef and his brother Georg arrived first in July 1939. Most of the family left from Genoa, Italy, that summer: Clara and her husband Max, Josef's wife Klara and daughters Inge, 10, and Gisela, 6, and their maternal grandmother and her sister; Sara Meyer Berg, and several other relatives. Clara and Max lived with Josef and his family. Clara and her husband Max both passed away in 1945. After the war ended in May 1945, the remaining family members emigrated to the United States.

creation:  after 1939 June-1945
creation: Nairobi (Kenya)
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Brooches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Inge and Werner Katzenstein
Record last modified: 2023-08-31 10:19:58
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