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Silver floral embossed candlestick acquired by a former Czech Jewish Kindertransport refugee

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Silver embossed candlestick, one of a pair, with 2013.476.4, owned by John Peter Eden (formerly Hans Eibuschitz), who escaped Czechoslovakia on a Kindertransport in 1939. The candlesticks were possibly brought to the United States before the war by John’s grandmother. After Germany invaded and annexed Czechoslovakia in March 1939, 12 year old Hans, and 9 year old brother Steven were sent to Great Britain on a Kindertransport. Hans was placed in private boarding schools. After graduation, he attended the London School of Economics to study actuarial science. In 1944 or 1945, he began training with the Royal Air Force. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, before Hans entered active service.

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  • Title: Silver floral embossed candlestick acquired by a former Czech Jewish Kindertransport refugee
  • Provenance: The candlestick was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by The George Washington University, which received the item as a bequest from the Estate of John P. Eden.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Jewish refugees--Great Britain--Biography. Jews, Czech--England--Biography. Kindertransports (Rescue operations)--Great Britain--Personal narratives, Czech. Refugee children--England--Biography.
  • Type: Furnishings and Furniture
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Lightweight, hollow pressed silver candlestick with a stepped circular base with incised bands. The base mound flattens at the top where the flared base stem is attached. The stem tapers slightly to a protruding band embossed with a flower and leaf garland. The stem then widens to a bulbous center, and tapers up to a second, narrower embossed flower and leaf garland band. The stem then flares outward, with a wide lipped rim, and forms a deep well to insert the candle. There are 2 stamped silver marks.

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