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Toddler's red and blue striped rompers worn by a Jewish refugee from German occupied France

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Red and blue striped rompers worn by toddler Alain Markon during his escape with his parents, Alexander and Raya, from Toulouse in Vichy France in 1942. Alain's parents were immigrants from Vilna, Poland, who had married in Paris in 1937. When Germany invaded France in May 1940, his mother fled Paris for Toulouse. She was joined by his father after his discharge from the French Army following the June surrender of France. The couple applied for US visas and, while they were waiting to receive them, Alain was born on June 23, 1941. They received their visas in 1942 and left for Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed from Lisbon in October 1942 and arrived in America in November.

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  • Title: Toddler's red and blue striped rompers worn by a Jewish refugee from German occupied France
  • Location: France--Emigration and immigration--Biography. United States--Emigration and immigration--Biography.
  • Provenance: The rompers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998 by Genya Markon, the sister of Alain Markon.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--France--Personal narratives. Jewish children in the Holocaust--France--Biography. Jewish refugees--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States--Personal narratives.
  • Type: Clothing and Dress
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Infant’s rompers made from white rayon with blue and red diagonal stripes with 2 approximately 6 inch straps attached at the waistband. The straps go over the chest and shoulders, cross down the back, and are brought together in a V-shaped and sewn to an insert attached to the back waist. There is a white plastic button on the front interior of each side of the waist. The center seams are matched where the stripes meet. The leg holes are gathered with metal snaps on each side of the crotch which has been sewn closed. It may originally have been left open for diaper changing access. There are repairs in brown and white thread.

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