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April 20, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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Florida Holocaust Museum receives large artifact donation


Lucie Neustein, Self Portrait. This painting was featured in the Austrian Art Magazine in March 1935. 
Photos courtesy ofFlorida HolocaustMuseumpermanentcollection, giftof Colin Jenkins,son of MariettaNeustein. Lucie Neustein, Self Portrait. This painting was featured in the Austrian Art Magazine in March 1935. Photos courtesy ofFlorida HolocaustMuseumpermanentcollection, giftof Colin Jenkins,son of MariettaNeustein. A new exhibition, A European Escape: The Journey of the Neustein Family, is now on display at the Florida Holocaust Museum.

These items, now part of the museum’s permanent collection, were recently donated and are available to view on the third floor of the museum.

After a visit to the museum last year, Colin Jenkins contacted the museum’s exhibitions staff to ask if they would have any interest in accepting his grandfather’s Austrian passport as a donation. When museum staff members met to accept the donation, he brought a treasure-trove of other objects related to his family.

Jenkins donated a total of 118 items, including identification papers belonging to his grandparents, Lucie and Leopold Neustein, letters, a marriage certificate, original photographs from before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie.


Snapshot of some of the items Jenkins donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum, including identification papers belonging to his grandparents Lucie and Leopold Neustein, letters, a marriage certificate, original photographs from before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie. Snapshot of some of the items Jenkins donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum, including identification papers belonging to his grandparents Lucie and Leopold Neustein, letters, a marriage certificate, original photographs from before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie. “On a recent visit to my mother’s home in Scotland, I came across a considerable variety of material relating to my family’s experience during the Holocaust. I am donating this collection to the Florida Holocaust Museum both to honor their memory and to share a written and visual record of their lives before, during, and after WWII. I hope this will be of interest and value to those who view it,” said Jenkins, who recently moved to this area from the United Kingdom.

“One of the best things about working for the Florida Holocaust Museum is meeting survivors and children of survivors and hearing their stories. Even better is being honored with the responsibility of retelling their stories when being entrusted with their original materials – family treasures, really – that help recount individuals’ experiences,” said Erin Blankenship, the museum’s curator of exhibitions and collections.

Jenkins’ grandparents, Lucie and Leopold Neustein, were originally from Lvov, Poland, but moved to Vienna in the 1920s. The couple had two children, Erik and Marietta. Leopold was a doctor of law but worked with his father-in-law in their timber export business. Lucie was an accomplished artist, trained at Vienna’s Academy of Art.

After Anschluss in 1938 and the institution of anti- Jewish laws, it became apparent to the family that they had to leave their home.

Erik was sent to England first. But, at age 17 he was considered an adult and was sent to an internment camp in Canada, due to initial fears that German Jewish refugees could be spies. The British also set up internment camps in Australia.

Marietta followed on the Kindertransport and was sent to a boarding school in Scotland.

Lucie and Leopold fled Vienna for Agen, a small city in the south of France where they apparently lived as gentiles. Marietta worked as an artist in order to earn money. The couple remained in France even after liberation while Erik and Marietta, by then adults, stayed in Great Britain.

Central to the mission of the museum is the program to collect, preserve and make available to the public the historical record and artistic and interpretation of the Holocaust and other genocides. The museum collects and maintains the material that supports its efforts in the areas of research, exhibition, education and commemoration.

The focus of the museum’s collections are policies, events and experiences associated with the Holocaust.

For donation inquiries, contact Blankenship at eblankenship@thefhm.org.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.


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