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Fam­ily fears Holo­caust golden heir­loom posted to UK has been stolen

- By Elly Blake Jewellery · Accessories · Fashion & Beauty · United Kingdom · United States of America · Oxford

A FAM­ILY fears an heir­loom which was kept from the Nazis in the Holo­caust has been stolen af­ter it got lost in the post be­tween Amer­ica and Bri­tain.

The gold pen­dant was made by Nazi death camp vic­tim Vilem Werner for niece Eva in the 1930s and be­came a trea­sured sym­bol for his sur­viv­ing fam­ily.

Eva, who sur­vived the Holo­caust and swam to free­dom from com­mu­nist Cze­choslo­vakia in 1960, kept it un­til her death five years ago.

But her rel­a­tives fear the price­less piece of jew­ellery may now be lost to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions af­ter Eva’s hus­band Jan Ro­cek, 96, tried to send it to her cousin, who lives in Ox­ford.

Mim Saxl, 39, the in­tended re­cip­i­ent, said: “Jan had de­cided that he wanted to give this pen­dant to my younger daugh­ter who is named af­ter Eva, so it could be worn in her mem­ory and her mem­ory would live on.

“He didn’t want my older daugh­ter, Maya, to feel left out, so he got one made in a sim­i­lar style to say her name, and he put them both in the post.

“The mis­take he feels he made was he sent them reg­is­tered de­liv­ery and de­clared their value, so it was a small pack­age with a high value. Our guess is it went into a pocket at some point.”

Lost... Pen­dant sent to Eva Saxl, above

 ??  ?? ParcelForc­e said it can­not lo­cate the pack­age but as a “good­will ges­ture” will do­nate money to a Holo­caust memo­rial char­ity.
US Postal Ser­vice and UK Cus­toms were con­tacted for com­ment. A re­ward is of­fered at evaspen­dant.com
ParcelForc­e said it can­not lo­cate the pack­age but as a “good­will ges­ture” will do­nate money to a Holo­caust memo­rial char­ity. US Postal Ser­vice and UK Cus­toms were con­tacted for com­ment. A re­ward is of­fered at evaspen­dant.com

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