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Gold ring with engraved flowers buried and recovered postwar by a Hungarian Jewish girl

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Engraved gold ring given to Erika Taubner, 5, by her paternal grandmother, Katie Taubner, in 1937 in Budapest, Hungary. Her parents Jozsa and Zoltan later buried the ring, her charm 2003.158.2, and other valuables in May 1944 in the dirt basement of their apartment, beneath the storage locker of the non-Jewish building superintendent, so they would not fall into German hands. The items were recovered by Erika and her parents in 1945. Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944. In May, Zoltan was interned in a Shell Oil forced labor camp near Budapest. Erika and Jozsa had to move into a Jewish yellow star building. In November 1944, they found work in a military uniform factory. Josza got Swiss protective papers for Zoltan, which later kept him from being deported. In December, Josza and Erika escaped during a Nazi raid on the factory. They went to their former housekeeper, Ilonka Takats, who agreed to hide them. They were in Pest which was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 15, 1945, and were soon reunited with Zoltan.

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  • Title: Gold ring with engraved flowers buried and recovered postwar by a Hungarian Jewish girl
  • Provenance: The ring was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by Erika Taubner Gold.
  • Subject Keywords: Hidden children (Holocaust)--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Budapest--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. Jewish families--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. Jews--Rescue--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Hungary--Budapest--Personal narratives, Jewish. Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust--Hungary--Budapest--Biography.
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Small gold colored metal finger ring with a raised circular bezel for a missing stone. The bezel is engraved with a repeating floral pattern of geometric flowers with leaves, above an engraved line. It has a thin cathedral style band with 2 small open circles set inside the open elongated triangle on each side of the bezel. The band interior has an engraved triangle.

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