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13 dental hand tools in a fitted wooden box used by a Croatian Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.487.2 a-n

Set of 13 dental hand tools in a small wooden storage case used by Dr. Ferdinand Stift and brought with him when he and his family fled from Zagreb, Croatia, to Asti, Italy, in December 1941. The tools include scalpels, excavators, chisels, descalers, and hatchets. In April 1941, the Axis powers invaded and partitioned Yugoslavia. Zagreb was located in the Independent State of Croatia, which was controlled by the pro-Nazi Ustasa regime. One of Ferdinand’s patients, Archbishop Aloysius Viktor Stepinac, knew about upcoming actions against the Jews and told Ferdinand to flee with his wife, Teresia, and children, Gertruda Renata and Fredrich Miroslav. The family was baptized and given false papers as Catholics, then fled to Italian controlled Split and Krk Island in August 1941. In December, they went to Asti, Italy, where they lived as confined refugees. Ferdinand and his family were liberated by Allied forces in April 1945. Ferdinand, his wife, and son emigrated to the United States in 1946.

use:  1911-1945
use: Vienna (Austria)
use: Zagreb (Croatia)
use: Asti (Italy)
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of R. Sylvia Tagert, in memory of Ferdinand and Teresa Stift, and their daughter Renata, and in honor of Frederic Stift
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:19:59
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