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Black plastic dust comb owned by a German Jewish refugee

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Lice comb kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer when she and her family fled in February 1941. The comb was made at the plastics factory owned by her father in Kaunas. Hanni, her parents, Moritz and Setty, and her 14 year old brother, Karl, fled Kaunas, Lithuania, due to the Soviet occupation in 1940. They planned to emigrate to the United States, but visa restrictions made them take a difficult route through Russia to Japan. Classified as stateless refugees when they reached Japan in March 1941, they were deported to Shanghai where they survived the war in the Hongkew ghetto. Hanni married a US soldier and emigrated to the United States in 1946. Her family emigrated the next year.

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  • Title: Black plastic dust comb owned by a German Jewish refugee
  • Provenance: The comb was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Lloyd Vogelweid, the widower of Hanni Vogelweid, on behalf of the Estate of Hanni Vogelweid.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish families--China--Shanghai--Biography. Jews, German--China--Shanghai--Biography. Jewish refugees--Lithuania--Kaunas--Biography. Jewish refugees--China--Shanghai--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Lithuania--Kaunas. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--China--Shanghai--Personal narratives.
  • Type: Personal Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Small, rectangular, black plastic comb, with 2 sets of teeth, one set on each side. A few teeth are missing. There is a small hole on each end.

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