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Painted wooden spice box kept by by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2006.498.3

Olive wood spice tower with cloves carried by 17 year old Hannah Kronheim when she left Bochum, Germany, on the Kinderstransport [Children's Transport] in 1939. The box was made in Palestine and used for years by her family. A spice (besamim) box is used during the Havdalah, or separation ceremony, at the end of Shabbat every week. The box is filled with a fragrant spice, such as cinnamon or cloves, and is passed around so that everyone can be be rejuvenated by the sweet smell. Hannah left soon after Kristallnacht, November 9 and 10, 1938, when the synagogue behind her home was set on fire. She arrived in Harwich, England, on February 3, 1939. Hannah was older than most of the children, and no placement arrangements were made for her. She was housed in a boarding house, then a hostel until November 1940 when she was sent to Port Erin internment camp on the Isle of Man. Her mother, Ella Kronheim Mayer, left for Chile on August 25, 1939, with her second husband, Otto. In October 1941, Hannah enlisted as a nurse in the British Army Auxiliary Territorial Service. She served in different British Army camps from December 1941-October 1944, but was chiefly stationed in London and was bombed out during the Blitz. She married Daniel Deutch, a Canadian soldier, in November 1943 and emigrated to Canada in November 1944. Most of Hannah's family members were killed during the Holocaust.

received:  1939 February
received: Bochum (Germany)
manufacture: Palestine
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hannah Kronheim Deutch
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:39:14
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