Towards the end of the war, seven sacks, five of which contained valuables, were sent by the Nazis in a train traveling in the direction of Berlin. Each item had a label attached with a number and monetary value. The train was captured on the way to Berlin by American troops and the sacks were transferred to the Italian Treasury that apparently exhibited them for the purposes of identification, but when this bore no results the valuables were returned to storage in the Treasury cellar where they remained for many years. About four years ago, the head of the Jewish community in Trieste, Mr. Elihu Georgio, discovered a letter written by the American General under whose command the train was captured, from which he learned of the existence of these sacks.
The Italian Government agreed to transfer this confiscated Jewish property to the Jewish Community of Trieste. The Jewish Community, led by its president Mr. Nathan Weisenfeld decided to donate 50 items, chosen by Yad Vashem’s representatives, for exhibition in the new Holocaust History Museum.
Yad Vashem Collection, Jerusalem, Israel
Courtesy of the Jewish Community, Trieste headed by Mr. Nathan Weisenfeld, President of the Community