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Pink embroidered Sabbath dress made from a flour sack by Greek Jewish survivors Sarina and Dora Levy in postwar Athens.

Photograph | Photograph Number: N09338

Pink embroidered Sabbath dress made from a flour sack by Greek Jewish survivors Sarina and Dora Levy in postwar Athens.

Since new clothing was beyond their means to obtain, Sarina and Dora seized upon the idea of using flour sacks from a nearby warehouse for fabric. Sarina washed the sacks and colored them with a red dye. Afterwards, Dora, who had supported herself in hiding as a dressmaker's apprentice, cut the sacks and fashioned a dress for herself. She then proceeded to embroider the pockets to give it a more festive look. For several years Dora wore this dress as her special Sabbath garb. In February 2003 Dora Levy (now Saltiel) donated this dress to the Museum along with a cache of personal papers and photographs documenting the experience of her once large, extended family from Salonika.

Date
1944 - 1946
Variant Locale
Athenai
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dora Levy Saltiel
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Record last modified: 2003-12-16 00:00:00
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