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Cardboard Key for the Wedding of Margarete Apt to Georg Korant

Cardboard key for the wedding of Margarete Apt to Georg Korant, Breslau, 4 October 1903, Cardboard, 29,5 x 8 x 2,5 cm
© Jewish Museum Berlin, donated by Stephanie Wells, photo: Jens Ziehe

Be it an arranged or love marriage – how it was celebrated is recorded in many of the family collections at the Jewish Museum. Menus, wedding photos, songs, wedding certificates, newspaper announcements, congratulatory telegrams, name cards, wedding albums, and the bride’s dowry: crockery, cutlery, and table linen.

Margarete Apt and Georg Korant received an unusual gift on their wedding on 4 October 1903. The dark brown key is made of cardboard and can be opened to reveal a rolled-up note for the bridal couple, on it a song about "Georg und Gretes Liebesband."

Georg and Margarete Korant moved to Berlin as newlyweds. When her husband died in 1937 and her daughter emigrated to the USA in early 1939, Margarete Korant tried to leave the country for the United States or Cuba. Her letters to her daughter describe her situation in Berlin after war had broken out and her futile attempts to leave the country. On 25 January 1942, she was deported to Riga where she was murdered.

Object Details:
Cardboard Key for the Wedding of Margarete Apt to Georg Korant
Breslau, 4 October 1903
8 cm x 2,5 cm

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