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Polish native Jacob Szneler and his family used this trunk to carry their belongings when they immigrated to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1950. Szneler and his future wife were imprisoned at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany during World War II. They were saved when British soldiers liberated the camp in 1945. In 1950, the Szneler family settled in Des Moines with the help of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Content can be used with the following standards: 3rd grade SS 3.26 Immigration and Migration and SS-US 9-12.26 Iowans Influence World History in a lesson on survivors of WWII and their experiences and journey to Iowa. For any use other than instructional resources, please check with the organization that owns this item regarding copyright restrictions.
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Object is related to the following library resources, which can be found by searching the catalog number in the advanced search section: Catalog #: 2018.045.051- Des Moines, Together with the History of Polk County 2018.045.098- Centennial History of Polk County, Iowa
While in the Bergen-Belsen camp, Szneler met his wife, Rose , who learned that Szneler had lost his entire family including his previous wife, children and parents. Szneler and Belsen were married in 1946 and lived in Bremen, Germany until moving to the United States in 1950.The couple had three children.
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