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White wool tallit with black stripes brought with a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1990.223.1.3

White wool tallit with black stripes brought with Richard Pfifferling when he left from Dresden, Germany, for New York in September 1939. Richard received the tallit, or prayer shawl, 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.

received:  approximately 1927
received: Dresden (Germany)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Knox and Hanna A. Lewin
Record last modified: 2022-08-08 15:29:09
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