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Child's Shoes
Bronzed, Germany, 1943

Child's Shoes
Photograph by Mitchell Feinberg
By Cathy Newman

Among other shoes in the collections of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto are a pair of bronzed child's shoes, and when asked why they were there (kitsch in a museum?), Elizabeth Semmelhack, museum curator, hesitates, puzzled herself. "Let's look," she says, lifting the identifying tag. She pales. "I see now," she says and gently replaces them on the shelf. "They are the shoes of a child who perished in Auschwitz."
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