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German Jewish boy's beige summer suit

Object | Accession Number: 1994.105.1 a-d

Summer suit brought with 8-year-old Josef (later Joseph) Oppenheimer when he and his parents, Ludwig and Maria, immigrated to the United States in summer 1935. When Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, Josef lived in Würburg, Germany, with his parents. Under Hitler, authorities began suppressing the rights and personal freedoms of Jews. Under the new laws, Ludwig, a merchant, was forced to deal with many new regulations that hurt his business. In the face of increasing persecution, Josef’s family began planning to leave Germany. On July 31, 1935, Josef, Ludwig, and Maria boarded the S.S. Majestic in Cherbourg, France, and sailed to the US. They settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where Josef’s maternal uncle, Kurt Schwarzenberger, lived. Many of Josef’s relatives had remained in Europe during the Holocaust (1939-1945) and were killed.

use:  approximately 1935
use: Germany
use: United States
Clothing and Dress
Suits (Clothing)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Oppenheimer
Record last modified: 2021-04-29 13:16:00
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