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Camilla's Purse

Camilla's Purse

January 24, 2014 – May 4, 2014

American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing, Albert Small Documents Gallery

Holocaust survivor Camilla Gottlieb’s ordinary life in Vienna was upended by World War II into crisis, imprisonment, and ultimately a new life in the United States. Her purse, discovered by her family after her death in 1964, contained letters and papers that trace her trials and triumphs. These documents reveal a compelling story of captivity in the Theresienstadt concentration camp to eventual reunion with her daughter in New York. On view are the purse; her 1884 birth certificate; the suitcase, with her identification tag, that she carried during her journey to America; and various personal items collected from her time in the camp through her new life in America.

Online exhibition