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Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.32

Object: Label

Physical Description:  Couture white fashion label. 'John Cavanagh London' printed across the front. 'Made in England' printed on the left side of label.

Information: This label forms part of the Zdenka Husserl Collection. It is from a fashion house in which Zdenka was employed.

Further Information: Zdenka Husserl was born in 1939, in Prague. Zdenka’s parents were Helena (nee Husserlova) and Pavel Husserl. In 1942, at three years old Zdenka was deported by the Nazi regime with her mother to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and Ghetto. Zdenka’s mother and grandfather were sent to Auschwitz in 1944, her father having previously been sent to Lodz Ghetto. Zdenka remained in Theresienstadt until its liberation in May 1945, by which time she was 6 years old.

After liberation Zdenka was brought to England as part of a scheme to aid surviving orphaned children liberated from the Nazi camp system. A group of the children including Zdenka, lived in a house in Surrey and later in Isleworth in what was known as Lingfield House. Zdenka trained as a dressmaker after leaving school, becoming an apprentice at Jacqmar fashion house at Victor Stiebel. After two years she moved to Hardy Amies, then onto John Cavanagh. The last fashion house Zdenka worked for was called Lachasse, after which she trained as a florist. 

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