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Plastic identification badge holder used by a Hungarian Jewish emigre

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Cardboard and plastic wallet that belonged to Hungarian opera singer Gabor (Gabi) Carelli. Gabor was part of an Orthodox Jewish family from Budapest. He traveled to the United State in 1939, and toured with various opera companies. His family in Hungary was persecuted by the Fascist, antisemitic government from 1940-1944; some were sent to forced labor and concentration camps. In March 1944, Nazi Germany occupied Hungary and members of his family were deported or went into hiding until Budapest was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945. His father was killed in a camp in 1944, but his mother, his sister, and her family came to the US in 1949.

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  • Title: Plastic identification badge holder used by a Hungarian Jewish emigre
  • Provenance: The plastic badge holder was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Peter Veres.
  • Subject Keywords: Freemasonry--Hungary--20th century. Hidden children (Holocaust)--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Personal narratives. Jewish families--Hungary--Budapest--Biography. Jews--Persecutions--Hungary.
  • Type: Dress Accessories
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular light brown stiff cardboard pocket with clear plastic center inserts, a u-shaped depression at the open top, and metal edging on the sides and bottom.

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