Turkish toy museum says it has doll with hair from Holocaust victim

The Nazis sheared and stored hair from underage victims together with adults women’s hair. It was not used in any significant scale for the production of toys.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
May 7, 2019 11:45
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A Turkish flag, with the New and the Suleymaniye mosques in the background

A Turkish flag, with the New and the Suleymaniye mosques in the background, flies on a passenger ferry in Istanbul, Turkey, April 11, 2019.. (photo credit: MURAD SEZER/REUTERS)

 
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(JTA) — A toy museum in Turkey has put on display what it says is a doll with hair from a Jewish girl killed in the Holocaust.

The object has been on display at the Anatolian Toy Museum since its opening in 2017, the Turkish edition of CNN and other Turkish media reported last week.

“Before being killed, girls’ hair was cut and used on the dolls produced for rich German children. This is the tragedy of baby dolls with real hair,” museum director Emrah Ünlüsoy told CNN.



He is quoted as telling Hurriyet Daily News that the doll was bought in Germany and that the victim whose hair was used to make it was killed at Auschwitz in 1941.



Mass murder of Jews began at that complex of camps in Poland in 1941.



The Nazis sheared and stored hair from underage victims together with adults women’s hair. It was not used in any significant scale for the production of toys.



The articles about the display said unnamed Jewish groups took a sample of the hair for genetic testing. The reports did not say whether results have been obtained.

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