Monday, September 12, 2022

Behind the Scenes @ the USHMM: A dress and a dream


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide


Margret Hantman

Margret Hantman dreamed of finding a safe haven.

After World War II, 19-year-old Margret was living in a displaced persons camp in Deggendorf, in Allied-occupied Germany. There, she and other Holocaust survivors were trying to piece together new lives.

One way they built community was by staging theater productions. This included an American-themed revue, for which Margret wore this stars and stripes dress.

Watch this episode of Artifacts Unpacked to learn about her immigration to the United States and why she donated this dress to our Museum.




Americans and the Holocaust



Americans and the Holocaust

Experience our exhibition about Americans’ responses to the rise of Nazi Germany, currently on display online, at the Museum, and touring libraries across the nation through a partnership with the American Library Association.

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Photos: Margret Simon Hantman (second from right) and friends perform at the Deggendorf displaced persons camp, wearing the dress Margret donated to the Museum. USHMM, gifts of Margret Hantman; Museum visitors tour Americans and the Holocaust. USHMM; Mexican American Army medic Anthony Acevedo (center) before serving in World War II, exact date unknown. USHMM, gift of Anthony Acevedo; Members of the pro-Nazi German American Bund during a march from nearby Camp Siegfried, Yaphank, Long Island, New York. The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock


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