Gedenkbuch zum tragischen Schicksal unserer judischen Mitburger
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Bimah cover, a cloth for covering a Torah stand, that was desecrated during the destruction of the synagogue in Hamm [Oberlandesgerichtsbezirk], Germany, on Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938. It was recovered from the street by Felix Simons, a synagogue member who lived behind the temple. He entrusted the bimah to non-Jewish neighbors for safekeeping. It was retrieved after the war by his daughter, Hanna. In 1941, the Simons family, Felix, his wife, Johanna, and 3 children, Hanna, Fritz, and Rudy, were deported to the ghetto in Riga, Latvia, and in 1943, to the Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camp. When they were transferred to the Stutthof concentration camp, Felix and the 2 boys were separated from Hanna and her mother. Fifteen year old Hanna and her mother survived together, but they never saw the rest of their family again.