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Beige and orange embroidered linen napkin used in the Warsaw ghetto

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Napkin made by Irena Ehrlich vel Sluszny, at her school, Perla Lubbinska Gymnasium, in Warsaw, Poland in 1937. Irena, her parents, Felicia and Seweryn, and younger sister, Danuta, were confined to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940. In March 1943, 19 year old Irena escaped to the Christian sector of Warsaw. April 1943 brought the Warsaw ghetto uprising and its violent suppression by the Germans, with mass deportations of all Jews in Warsaw and the annihilation of the ghetto. Her father, aged 39, was killed during the uprising. Her mother and 14 year old sister escaped and were hidden for the rest of the war by Juana Dylag. Irena was deported to a slave labor camp in Berlin. Felicia, Danuta, and Irena were reunited in Warsaw after the war. From 1945-1947, they were in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria. They emigrated to the United States on the SS Marine Perch in 1947.

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  • Title: Beige and orange embroidered linen napkin used in the Warsaw ghetto
  • Provenance: The napkin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Irena Urdang de Tour, the daughter of Felicia and Seweryn Ehrlich vel Sluszny.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish families--Poland--Warsaw--Biography. Jewish refugees--Austria--Linz--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Slave labor--Germany--Berlin--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Austria--Personal narratives.
  • Type: Furnishings and Furniture
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Beige linen napkin with a sewn orange finish. The border had a raw edge. There is embroidered decoration of a blue grid pattern, intercepted with orange flowers.

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