16 objects from Germany tell story of Holocaust in new ways

BERLIN (AP) — Lore Mayerfeld was 4 years old when she escaped from the Nazis in 1941. Together with her mother, the little Jewish girl ran away from her German hometown of

Kassel with nothing but the clothes she wore and her beloved doll, Inge. Mayerfeld found a safe haven in the United States and later immigrated to Israel. Her doll, a

present from her grandparents who were killed in the Holocaust, was always at her side until 2018 when she donated it to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. More than 80

years later, the doll has returned to Germany. It will be at parliament in Berlin as part of an exhibition slated to open Tuesday evening just days before the country marks the

78th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. The exhibition, Sixteen Objects, also marks the 70th anniversary of the Yad Vashem memorial,

bringing back to Germany an array of items Jews took with them when they fled the Nazis. There’s a black piano, a diary, a red-and-white-patterned towel, a stethoscope, a glitzy

evening purse and a menorah among the exhibit’s objects. They were chosen from more than 50,000 items at Yad Vashem that are connected to the Holocaust. The exhibit’s items

represent Germany’s 16 states with one coming from each region. They all tell a unique story but share themes of love, attachment, pain and loss. “These are all absolutely

familiar German objects, and they would have stayed that way had the Holocaust not happened,” said Ruth Ur, the curator of the exhibition and Yad Vashem’s representative in

Germany.