Black ribbon watch fob from prewar Netherlands

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch fob that belonged to Eliazer Davids and previously to his father, Leman Davids. A watch fob was used to retrieve a pocket watch from a vest or waist pocket. They were common before wristwatches were introduced in the early 20th century. The Davids were an observant Jewish family who had lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for several generations. Leman was a diamond broker and cutter who died of natural causes in 1930. Eliazer ran a linen business. In December 1938, Eliazer and his wife, Bronislawa Perlberg, emigrated to the United States with the assistance of Eliazer’s uncle, Leo Groen, who lived in New York and submitted affidavits of support for their visas. The majority of Eliazer’s and Bronislawa’s family members who remained in Europe perished during the Holocaust.

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  • Title: Black ribbon watch fob from prewar Netherlands
  • Location: Netherlands--Emigration and immigration. United States--Emigration and immigration.
  • Provenance: The watch fob was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Blanch Davids Gewirtz, the daughter of Eliazer Davids.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish families--Netherlands. Jewish refugees--United States. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States.
  • Type: Personal Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Two black ribbons attached at each end by a gold-colored metal rectangular cap, with a moveable metal loop around the ribbons. There is a small ring attached to one end cap, with a gold colored chain extending from the ring and around the metal clasp at the end.