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Young girl's floral print romper worn by a hidden child

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Romper worn by Jacqueline Mendels, age 6, when the family went into hiding in 1941 during the German occupation of France. Jacqueline, her older sister, Manuela, age 8, and their parents, Ellen and Frits Mendels, fled German-occupied Paris in 1942. They were French Jewish citizens who had to abandon their home and assume false identities. They found a safe place to live in hiding in the southern French village of Le Got. A son, Franklin, was born during this time. After the war ended in 1944, the family returned to Paris.

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  • Title: Young girl's floral print romper worn by a hidden child
  • Location: France--History--German occupation, 1940-1945.
  • Provenance: The child's romper was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Jacqueline Mendels Birn, the daughter of Ellen and Frits Mendels.
  • Subject Keywords: Hidden children (Holocaust)--France--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--France--Paris--Personal narratives. Jewish children in the Holocaust--France--Biography. Jewish families--France--Biography.
  • Type: Clothing and Dress
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Red, floral print, cloth romper trimmed on front and back edges with 2 rows of bric-a-brac and a white ruffle. The top front has a v-neck bib with 1 button hole on each side and a center pocket, trimmed at the top with 2 rows of bric-a-brac and a white ruffle. The bottom has 2 leg holes and cloth reinforcement. The back waist has elastic sewn into the top hem and 2 attached cloth straps, each with 1 white plastic button, that cross over the back to fasten to the front bib.

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