Loading

Sheepskin vest worn by a Jewish girl living in hiding near the Vilna ghetto

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Vest worn by 11 year old Rivka Chwoles while imprisoned in the Vilnius ghetto and while living in hiding after her escape. She removed the sleeves to make it a vest. Her father gave her the coat before the family was relocated to the ghetto with the other Jews in Vilna (Wilno), Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania) by the Lithuanians after the Soviets turned control of the region over to them in October 1939. Rivka and her sister, Sonja, escaped the ghetto around 1941 and survived the rest of the war under assumed identities as Christian Poles. All their family, except for one brother, Rafael, perished.

Show lessRead more

Details

  • Title: Sheepskin vest worn by a Jewish girl living in hiding near the Vilna ghetto
  • Provenance: The sheepskin vest was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Maria Rivka Chwoles Lichtenfeld.
  • Subject Keywords: Hidden children--Lithuania--Vilnius--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Lithuania--Vilnius--Personal narratives. Holocaust survivors--Lithuania. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish artists--Lithuania--Vilnius. Jewish families--Lithuania--Vilnius.
  • Type: Clothing and Dress
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Sheepskin vest/jacket with fur lining and trim; the sleeves have been removed. There are half-circle pockets with fur trim on each side near the bottom of the front opening. A plastic button is on the right side of the front opening; a thread loop is on the left. There are 3 metal clasps on the left inside front opening. On the back are 2 side and shoulder seams with remnants of “x” shaped stitching.

Recommended

Home
Explore
Nearby
Profile