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Blue leather clutch with a floral design brought by a German Jewish refugee to Shanghai

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dark blue leather clutch that belonged to Peter Victor who lived as a refugee from Nazi Germany in Shanghai, China, from 1938-1947. Peter, age 18, left to escape the anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi-led government. His parents, Carl and Elsa, arrived in Shanghai in 1939. Carl died in 1940 and Elsa in 1942. Shanghai was liberated by the United States Army on September 3, 1945. With the aid of the American Joint Distribution Committee, Peter emigrated to America in December 1947.

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  • Title: Blue leather clutch with a floral design brought by a German Jewish refugee to Shanghai
  • Location: United States--Emigration and immigration--Biography.
  • Provenance: The clutch was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Arleen Tievsky, as executor of the Estate of Peter Victor.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--China--Shanghai--Personal narratives. Jewish families--Germany--Berlin--Biography. Jewish refugees--China--Shanghai--Biography. Jews--China--Shanghai--History--20th century. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--China--Shanghai--Personal narratives, Jewish.
  • Type: Dress Accessories
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular clutch made from a single piece of thin leather dyed dark blue with an embossed floral design that has turned brown from age/use. The angled front flap has a flat tip and a stamped label with a German word. A small narrow leather band is woven through the center, under the flap. The front and back are sewn together with black thread; the right side has separated. The interior is lined with deteriorated gray felt and silk like yellow cloth.

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