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Green painted aluminum trunk used by a German Jewish girl on a Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2013.476.2

Green aluminum trunk used by 14 year old Gisela Marx on a Kindertransport from Dulken, Germany, to Great Britain in August 1939. Gisela’s parents, Erna and Leopold, purchased the trunk for her trip, hoping it would be more waterproof. The Nazi regime, in power in Germany since 1933, persecuted the Jewish population. Leopold, a former diplomat and WWI veteran, and Erna, a member of a wealthy, landowning family, thought their status would protect them, but in 1939, they decided to send Gisela to safety. The friend paid to care for her never showed up, and she was sent to live with an Orthodox rabbi, and then to boarding school. In 1941, Gisela had to perform military service and she chose to become nurse. She worked in a children’s hospital in London. When it was bombed during the Blitz, she was transferred to an American military hospital in Surrey. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Gisela’s parents were deported and killed in the Riga Ghetto in December 1941.

Date
1939 August  (use)
Geography
manufacture : Great Britain
received : Dulken (Viersen, Germany)
Language
English
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of The George Washington University and the Estate of John P. Eden
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:14
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