Tie : Sewn : red, black, white, gold ; Ht: 127 cm x W: 7,5 cm
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Red tie made of synthetic fabric, with repeating pattern of alternating black and white abstract oblong shapes. Black label affixed horizontally on inner side of thicker end with name of manufacturer embroidered in gold thread. On left side of label, insignia is embroidered, it is a circle with rectangular outcroppings around the edge like a gear. Inside the circle is a vertical line over a horizontal line, with the letters E, M, B and E in each of the four angles created by the intersection. Second label, black with orange trim, affixed lengthwise, closer to the end, also on inner side of thicker end. On it is printed 'Original Wien'. Most of the text is faded. Narrative: Tie belonged to donor's husband, David Honig. David was born in Mielec, a shtetl near Krakow, Poland. His parents were Psachie and Miriam Honig, and he had a sister named Helen. David studied business at a private Jewish trade school in Kraków from 14 to 17 years old. At 17, upon graduating, he bought the tie in Krakow and then returned to Mielec to work at his family's flour mill. When the Russian army invaded their region in 1940, David was going to be drafted into the army. His mother told the soldiers that David had typhus; when they come to the Honig home, she bandaged his head and put red water on it to appear that he was bleeding. David wasn't drafted. With his uncle and seven other men, David was smuggled to Romania with the help of a guide. David brought along his tie and his school report. Along the way the group had to cross a river and they all had to hold their belongings above their heads to protect them from the water. This is how David was able to salvage his tie and school report. David was always proud of his tie; he used to show it to people. It was his first adult purchase and meant a lot to him. David’s parents and sister were saved by a Polish Gentile by the name of W?adys?aw Dobrowolski who used to be a customer at their mill. He hid them throughout the war; he is recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations. The Honigs were the only family from their shtetl to survive intact.