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Gold metal eyeglasses worn by a former resident of the Lvov ghetto

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Gold metal eyeglasses worn by Gusta Goldman. Soon after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Gusta and Salomon, with two year old, Ilona, fled Krakow for Russian controlled Lvov (Lviv, Ukraine). When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the family was forced into the ghetto. Salomon worked as an accountant at a factory owned by the Wehrmacht. In the spring of 1942, fearing the liquidation of the ghetto, Salomon arranged a hiding place for them outside the ghetto with a former employee, Jozef Jozak. However, he would not hide Ilona because it would be too hard to conceal a lively 2 year-old child. Ilona was smuggled out to the countryside and placed in hiding as a Christian child, with a Polish woman, Hania Seremet, who was paid to hide her. After 6 months, they could no longer pay for her care, and Hania dumped Ilona back with her parents, without the knowledge of the Jozak family. The three had to stay hidden nearly all the time in one small room. The family lived in hiding until the Soviet Army liberated the city in July 1944. When the was ended in May 1945, they returned to Krakow.

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  • Title: Gold metal eyeglasses worn by a former resident of the Lvov ghetto
  • Provenance: The eyeglasses were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 by Alona Frankel, the daughter of Gusta and Salomon Goldman.
  • Subject Keywords: Hidden children (Holocaust)--Poland--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography. Jewish families--Poland--Biography. Jews--Persecutions--Poland--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Personal narratives.
  • Type: Personal Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Gold colored, metal framed eyeglasses with square shaped lenses. The temples are gold colored metal with a clear plastic cover over each earpiece. The temples attach to the rims with a metal hinge and a screw.

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