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Gold necklace, bracelet, and pendant received in a displaced persons camp 2008.228.11_a-c front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Jewelry set given to Irena Ehrlich vel Sluszny’s family by Julius Balbin in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp after the war. Balbin was an Auschwitz survivor, who met the family in Bindermichl in 1945. Irena, her parents, Felicia and Seweryn, and younger sister, Danuta, were confined to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940. In March 1943, 19 year old Irena escaped to the Christian sector of Warsaw. April 1943 brought the Warsaw ghetto uprising and its violent suppression by the Germans, with mass deportations of all Jews in Warsaw and the annihilation of the ghetto. Her father, aged 39, was killed during the uprising. Her mother and 14 year old sister escaped and were hidden for the rest of the war by Juana Dylag. Irena was deported to a slave labor camp in Berlin. Felicia, Danuta, and Irena were reunited in Warsaw after the war. From 1945-1947, they were in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria. They emigrated to the United States on the SS Marine Perch in 1947.

Jewelry set given to Irena Ehrlich vel Sluszny’s family by Julius Balbin in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp after the war. Balbin was an Auschwitz survivor, who met the family in Bindermichl in 1945. Irena, her parents, Felicia and Seweryn, and younger sister, Danuta, were confined to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940. In March 1943, 19 year old Irena escaped to the Christian sector of Warsaw. April 1943 brought the Warsaw ghetto uprising and its violent suppression by the Germans, with mass deportations of all Jews in Warsaw and the annihilation of the ghetto. Her father, aged 39, was killed during the uprising. Her mother and 14 year old sister escaped and were hidden for the rest of the war by Juana Dylag. Irena was deported to a slave labor camp in Berlin. Felicia, Danuta, and Irena were reunited in Warsaw after the war. From 1945-1947, they were in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria. They emigrated to the United States on the SS Marine Perch in 1947.

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  • Title: Gold necklace, bracelet, and pendant received in a displaced persons camp 2008.228.11_a-c front
  • Provenance: The jewelry was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Irena Urdang de Tour, the daughter of Felicia and Seweryn Ehrlich vel Sluszny., The jewelry was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Irena Urdang de Tour, the daughter of Felicia and Seweryn Ehrlich vel Sluszny.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish families--Poland--Warsaw--Biography. Jewish refugees--Austria--Linz--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Slave labor--Germany--Berlin--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Austria--Personal narratives., Jewish families--Poland--Warsaw--Biography. Jewish refugees--Austria--Linz--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Slave labor--Germany--Berlin--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Austria--Personal narratives.
  • Type: Jewelry, Jewelry
  • 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: a. Gold bracelet made of 6 linked segments. Segments have raised medallions and 1 garnet, flanked by 3 smaller garnets. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. The clasp is missing. b. Gold, rectangular brooch with rounded ends and a raised medallion, with 1 garnet, flanked by 10 smaller garnets, on each side. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. Back has a hinged spring pin. c. Gold, crucifix pendant with a medallion, with 1 garnet in center, flanked by smaller garnets on each side. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. Attached to top of cross is a stylized suspension ring., a. Gold bracelet made of 6 linked segments. Segments have raised medallions and 1 garnet, flanked by 3 smaller garnets. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. The clasp is missing. b. Gold, rectangular brooch with rounded ends and a raised medallion, with 1 garnet, flanked by 10 smaller garnets, on each side. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. Back has a hinged spring pin. c. Gold, crucifix pendant with a medallion, with 1 garnet in center, flanked by smaller garnets on each side. Metal is stamped with a tri-scroll design. Attached to top of cross is a stylized suspension ring.

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