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Carved wooden box with a painted scene of a man in a Lithuanian folk setting owned by a German Jewish refugee 2007.101.5 closed

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Decorative box kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer as a souvenir of Lithuania when she and her family fled that country in February 1941. Hanni, her parents, Moritz and Setty, and her 14 year old brother, Karl, fled Kaunas 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.

Decorative box kept by 17 year old Hanni Sondheimer as a souvenir of Lithuania when she and her family fled that country in February 1941. Hanni, her parents, Moritz and Setty, and her 14 year old brother, Karl, fled Kaunas 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: Carved wooden box with a painted scene of a man in a Lithuanian folk setting owned by a German Jewish refugee 2007.101.5 closed
  • Provenance: The box 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., The box 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., 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: 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: Square lacquered wooden box with a double hinged lid. On the top is a carved, multi-colored painted image of a man carrying a black bag walking towards a building. The lid interior has a painted box with an arrow and text. The box forms a set with 2007.101.4., Square lacquered wooden box with a double hinged lid. On the top is a carved, multi-colored painted image of a man carrying a black bag walking towards a building. The lid interior has a painted box with an arrow and text. The box forms a set with 2007.101.4.

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