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Silver miniature tea set with 5 pieces owned by hidden child

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Miniature teapot, sugar bowl, pitcher, teacup, and tray given to Elzbieta Lusthaus by her maternal grandmother, Sophie Lieberman Schiff, when they were living in Tarnow, Poland, which was occupied by Germany in September 1939. On June 11, 1942, the Germans came to the house searching for Jews to deport to the concentration camps. Four year old Elzbieta hid, but her grandmother was taken by the Germans and shipped to Belzec extermination camp, where she was killed. Elzbieta and her mother, Helena Lusthaus, fled Tarnow and survived the war under false identities as Polish Catholics, sheltered by a Catholic family in Milanowek. They were reunited with her father, Edmund, in May 1945 in Italy where he was serving with the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army.

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  • Title: Silver miniature tea set with 5 pieces owned by hidden child
  • Provenance: The tea set was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger, the granddaughter of Sophie Lieberman Schiff.
  • Subject Keywords: Hidden children (Holocaust)--Poland. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography. Jewish families--Poland--Biography. Jews--Persecutions--Poland--Biography. Jews--Rescue--Poland--Biography.
  • Type: Toys
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: a. Miniature, silver, oval tray with a raised edge and 2 flat edged handles formed by extending the rim beyond the narrow sides. Stamped near the middle of one of the long edges is an oval and a rectangle with 2 letters. b. Miniature, silver, octagonal bowl with an open top, a flat bottom, and 2 c-shaped handles on opposite sides. The bottom has a stamped oval with illegible markings, and a stamped rectangle with 2 letters. c. Miniature, silver, octagonal cup with a c-shaped handle. The bottom has a stamped oval with a number and an indistinct marking, and a rectangle with 2 letters. d. Miniature, silver, octagonal pitcher with an open top and an elongated, c-shaped handle. Opposite the handle is a pinched spout. The pitcher tapers slightly from bottom to top. The bottom has a stamped oval with illegible markings, and a stamped rectangle with 2 letters. e. Miniature, silver, octagonal teapot with an open top and an elongated, c-shaped handle. Opposite the handle is a tubular spout extending diagonally upward from the bottom. The vessel tapers slightly from bottom to top. The bottom has a stamped oval and rectangle, both with illegible markings.

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