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Set of four manicure tools in a red case brought by a German Jewish girl on a Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2013.476.5 a-e

Cuticle cutters and pusher, a nail file, and manicure scissors in a fitted red leather case brought by 14 year old Gisela Marx on a Kindertransport from Dulken, Germany, to Great Britain in August 1939. Her parents Erna and Leopold purchased the manicure set for her to take on her journey. The Nazi regime, in power 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 became a 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.

use:  1939 August
manufacture: Austria
manufacture: Germany
manufacture: Italy
received: Dulken (Viersen, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of The George Washington University and the Estate of John P. Eden
Record last modified: 2022-09-21 11:03:24
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