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Parachute silk
overall: 36 1/2 in x 17 in x 3 in (dress)

Ivory silk dress (a) and undergarment (b) handsewn from parachute silk and crafted and worn by Holocaust survivor Penina Weisz for her wedding to Harold Bowman in Israel. Harold Bowman was an American soldier who met Bowman while she was in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria. He gave her the silk for the dress. She later hid the silk in the lining of her coat when she entered Israel in 1947.


Penina Weisz Bowman Family

9 Related Subjects

Bowman, Penina Weisz, 1927-2018

Bowman, Harold

Displaced Persons Camps: Austria
World War, 1939-1945

World War, 1939-1945


Wedding Costume

Clothing and Dress

Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

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