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Dish towel with red radish applique brought to the US by a young Austrian Jewish refugee

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Dish towel brought by 10 year old Doriane Kurz when she emigrated from Sweden to the United States in July 1946. Doriane and her family fled Vienna, Austria, in early 1939 after the annexation with Nazi Germany the previous year. They went to the Netherlands which was occupied by Germany in May 1940. Her father, Meilach, was deported to Auschwitz death camp in August 1942. Doriane, her mother Klara, and her 7 year old brother Alfred, were deported to Bergen Belsen in February 1944. The camp was evacuated in spring 1945 and the prisoners were liberated en route by the Soviet Army. The family returned to Amsterdam where Klara died of complications from typhus in March 1946. The children had a paternal uncle in the United States who also had left Vienna with his family in 1938. He arranged to have Doriane and Alfred sent to Sweden where they could get US visas. They arrived in New York in July 1946 and joined their uncle's family.

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  • Title: Dish towel with red radish applique brought to the US by a young Austrian Jewish refugee
  • Provenance: The dish towel was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Diana Kurz, the cousin of Doriane Kurz.
  • Subject Keywords: Child concentration camp inmates--Germany--Biography. Deportees--Netherlands--Biography. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Austria--Vienna--Biography. Jewish refugees--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Vienna--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Biography.
  • Type: Furnishings and Furniture
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular, green and white checked gingham cloth dish towel with an appliqué of a red and green radish with blue line accents is stitched near one edge. There is a band of yellowed white cloth on that edge; the other edges are hemmed.

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