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Carry-on suitcase used by a young German Jewish woman 2005.415.2 front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Patterned canvas carry-on suitcase used by 16 year old Anneliese Weil when she left Hamburg, Germany for the United States on board the MS St. Louis on September 17,1938. She was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. Her parents, brother, and sister were arrested by the Germans for being Jewish and deported to concentration camps where they perished.

Patterned canvas carry-on suitcase used by 16 year old Anneliese Weil when she left Hamburg, Germany for the United States on board the MS St. Louis on September 17,1938. She was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. Her parents, brother, and sister were arrested by the Germans for being Jewish and deported to concentration camps where they perished.

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  • Title: Carry-on suitcase used by a young German Jewish woman 2005.415.2 front
  • Location: Germany--Emigration and immigration--Biography. United States--Emigration and immigration--Biography., Germany--Emigration and immigration--Biography. United States--Emigration and immigration--Biography.
  • Provenance: The suitcase was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Anne Wascou in 2005., The suitcase was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Anne Wascou in 2005.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography. World War , 1939-1945--Refugees--United States., Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography. World War , 1939-1945--Refugees--United States.
  • Type: Containers, Containers
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular, small, wooden framed suitcase covered with stiffened canvas coated with brown paint and stamped with a geometric design in black ink. It is reinforced by wooden bands with fitted metal plates: 2 on top, 2 on bottom. There is brown leather piping on the edges. On the bottom front is a hollow metal and leather handle and 2 brass colored metal latches and a hasp lock. Tied to the left handle with brown twine is an oval, blue, cardboard tag with an image of an ocean liner; tied to the right is a brown cardboard tag with 8 lines of handwritten text. There is a round, white sticker on the front lower left and multiple layers of stickers and remnants over the rest of the case. The lid is attached by 2 metal hinges and inside is a folding bracket to connect the lid and base. The interior is lined with canvas covered with thin, orange paper. There is a removable canvas tray with cloth tabs the size of the suitcase. It has a wooden frame and 2 brown cloth straps with leather covered buckles., Rectangular, small, wooden framed suitcase covered with stiffened canvas coated with brown paint and stamped with a geometric design in black ink. It is reinforced by wooden bands with fitted metal plates: 2 on top, 2 on bottom. There is brown leather piping on the edges. On the bottom front is a hollow metal and leather handle and 2 brass colored metal latches and a hasp lock. Tied to the left handle with brown twine is an oval, blue, cardboard tag with an image of an ocean liner; tied to the right is a brown cardboard tag with 8 lines of handwritten text. There is a round, white sticker on the front lower left and multiple layers of stickers and remnants over the rest of the case. The lid is attached by 2 metal hinges and inside is a folding bracket to connect the lid and base. The interior is lined with canvas covered with thin, orange paper. There is a removable canvas tray with cloth tabs the size of the suitcase. It has a wooden frame and 2 brown cloth straps with leather covered buckles.

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