Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Artifact of the Week

This blog comes from Lisa who is constantly coming up with really good reasons for us to join Twitter.

We’re thrilled to launch a new feature on the Museum’s Twitter feed which we are calling Artifact of the Week.

Every Monday morning, a staff member will choose one of our favorite artifacts from the Museum’s online collection . Much like a staff pick at a book or record store, it’s a nice way for us to share artifacts that are personally meaningful and for you to get to know the staff better.

Our director, Dr. David G. Marwell started us off with Frania Bratt’s new dress for a new life.

On April 29, 1945 Frania Bratt was liberated at the Dachau Concentration Camp by the US Armed Forces. In early May of 1945, Bratt had the opportunity to make a new dress from fabric donated by her U.S. liberators. For the previous sixteen months she had worn only the standard prison uniform. Bratt also made dresses for her sister Helen and she sewed clothes for those who were too weak to sew for themselves.

In the Landsberg Displaced Persons camp, after the war, she met and married fellow survivor Boris Blum. Blum was now an officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Not long after, their daughter Towa (later Toby) was born in the DP camp. In 1950, the family immigrated to the U.S. Bratt continued to wear her liberation dress on the anniversary of her liberation and on other special occasions as a symbol of her freedom and return to humanity.

For more featured artifacts, follow the Museum on Twitter @MJHnews or visit http://twitter.com/MJHnews.

We hope you enjoy discovering some of the more than 25,000 artifacts related to Jewish culture and history in the Museum’s collection.

Liberation dress is a gift of Frania Bratt Blum.

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