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Tefillin pair and embroidered pouch brought with a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1990.223.1.2 a-c

Set of tefillin and embroided storage pouch brought with Richard Pfifferling when he left Dresden, Germany, for New York in September 1939. Richard received the tefillin, pouch, and other religious items as a gift for his bar mitzvah circa 1927. In 1933, the Nazi regime came to power and enacted laws that persecuted Jews. Richard and his brothers, Otto and Ernst, fled Germany but their parents, Alexander and Auguste, were unable to leave. Richard later served in the US Army during the war. Richard’s parents were deported to Riga, Latvia, in December 1941, and killed in Auschwitz in August 1942. In 1944, he married Ruth Liebermensch, who, with her sister Hanna, fled Germany for England on a Kindertransport in summer 1939, and arrived in New York in May 1940. Ruth and Hanna’s father Samuel was killed in Auschwitz in September 1942.

Date
approximately 1927  (received)
Geography
received : Dresden (Germany)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Tefillin (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Knox and Hanna A. Lewin
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:00
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