Turkey: Toy Museum displays doll with hair from Jewish girl gassed in Auschwitz
The Anatolian Toy Museum in the southern Turkish city of Antalya has put on display a 78-year-old baby doll with real human hair from a victim of the Holocaust.
According to reports, the hair is from a young Jewish girl who was murdered at the Polish death camp of Auschwitz in 1941.
The doll was bought from a special exhibition of a curator in Germany and taken to the museum in Antalya and is displayed inside a glass cabinet.
Jewish authorities, who want to reach the murdered girl’s living family members through DNA analysis, took a pinch of the hair with special permission.
Emrah Ünlüsoy, director of the Anatolian Toy Museum, said the baby doll “is a very precious artifact of the museum, and it has a very touching story. During the Nazi atrocities, some 1,000 Jews were being slaughtered every day in Auschwitz.
Before being taken into the gas chambers, girls’ hair was cut and used on the dolls produced for rich German children. “This is the tragedy of baby dolls with real hair,” he said.
Ünlüsoy said that hearing about the doll from tour guides, tourists visiting the city insist on seeing it. He said that some Jewish visitors shed tears when seeing the doll.