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Duvet cover made from a US Army parachute by a Jewish family in a displaced persons camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Covering for a blanket made from a United States Army parachute by Ephraim and Sarah Robinson for their family in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany, where they lived from 1945-1948. Soon after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Ephraim and Sarah fled east to Russian controlled territory. They lived in several places as the Soviet Union demanded that Jewish refugees keep moving further east. They had a daughter, Fay, in 1941, in Odessa, and Alice was born in 1944 in Romanovka. When the war ended in May 1945, they returned from Uzbekistan to Bessarabia, where they crossed the border to Poland. In October 1945, they were relocated to Zeilsheim, with the assistance of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Ephraim, Sarah, and their 3 children, Fay, Alice, and Joseph, born in the camp in 1946, got passage on the first immigrant transport to depart under the Displaced Persons Act, the SS General Black, which arrived in the United States on October 30, 1948.

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  • Title: Duvet cover made from a US Army parachute by a Jewish family in a displaced persons camp
  • Provenance: The duvet cover was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 by Alice Robinson Lev, the daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Robinson.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish children in the Holocaust--Biography. Jewish families--Germany. Jewish refugees--Germany. Jewish refugees--United States. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Germany.
  • Type: Furnishings and Furniture
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Long, rectangular cover made from sewing together several pieces of offwhite parachute silk. The edges have cotton basting tape with button holes. On the short sides, the button holes are covered with a piece of cloth that is attached with lattice stitching.

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