Collections Highlight – A Holocaust Survivors’ Crate

View a rare artifact. Free and open to the public.

 March 9-18  Open Tues.-Sun.  Tennessee State Museum  

As part of its special programming coinciding with Violins of Hope Nashville, the Tennessee State Museum will display a rare artifact connected with Jewish survivors’ immigration to Nashville. The crate belonged to the Srul Kapusta family and was shipped from Czechoslovakia to the National Council of Jewish Women in Nashville after World War II. The Council’s Nashville chapter was one of many organizations across the country charged with resettling Holocaust refugees. Each refugee family received only one crate this standard size for shipping belongings to their new home. Few such crates have survived. An interesting detail is the way “Naschwille/Tenesse” is spelled on one side of the crate, according to the phonetics of the language spoken where the crate was packed and shipped.

At the Museum’s Lunch & Learn event featuring Jack May on March 15 at 12:15 p.m., Tennessee State Museum curator Candace J. Adelson, Ph.D., will be on hand to discuss the crate.

Tennessee State Museum is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 615.741.2692.

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