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Purple velvet tallit pouch made by a woman for her fiance in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 1999.7.11

Purple velvet tallit bag with a Star of David sewn by Lili Lax, 21, for her husband-to-be Ludwig Frydman, 22, for their January 27, 1946, marriage in Celle displaced persons camp. It stores the tallit, or prayer shawl, used by observant Jewish men. Ludwig, his parents Michal and Gizella, and 11 siblings lived in Sevlus, Czechoslovakia, which was annexed by Hungary in 1939. In March 1944, Germany invaded Hungary and soon began the systematic deportation of all Jews to concentration camps. Ludwig was confined to Munkacs ghetto and then deported to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Ludwig’s parents and 7 siblings perished. Lili, her father Yitzhak, and 4 younger siblings Faige, Eva, Mechel, and Eli, were from Zarici, Czechoslovakia. In June 1944, Lili and her family were sent from Munkacs ghetto to Auschwitz. Lili’s father and brothers were immediately gassed. Lili and her sisters survived imprisonment in Płaszów, Neustadt in Oberschlesien, Gross-Rosen, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. They were liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945. Most of Lilly's extended family perished. Lili and Ludwig met in Celle dp camp in June 1945. With their 10 month old daughter and Lili's sister Eva, they left Celle in 1948 to join her sisters in New York.

creation:  approximately 1946 January
use:  after 1946 January 27-before 1992
creation: Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Tallith bags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilly Friedman
Record last modified: 2022-03-28 14:10:30
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