Erika Taubner Gold was just five years old when she received a clover charm from her grandmother in Hungary in 1937. Seven years later, after the Germans occupied Hungary, Erika’s parents sensed the looming danger for Hungarian Jews and decided to bury the clover charm along with other valuables in the dirt basement of their apartment building in Budapest. The family managed to survive the Holocaust and returned to their apartment building, where their prized possessions were still safely hidden. They were later able to immigrate to the United States, and brought the clover charm with them.
The beautifully enameled pieces in this collection are based on Erika’s charm, which is now part of the Museum’s collection. The necklace consists of a 16-inch gold chain with enameled dangle charm, which has the Museum’s logo on the back. It comes with the story of the artifact.
The clover charm in the Museum’s collection was a gift of Erika Gold. Learn more about the fates of Jews in Budapest during the Holocaust.