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Embroidered pink silk hallah cover buried for safekeeping while the owner was in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2010.487.2

Fringed pink embroidered hallah cover that belonged to Louise Lawrence-Israel's family, buried for safekeeping before they left Haarlem, Netherlands, and went into hiding in Amsterdam in January 1943. The bread (hallah) cover, a special cloth used to cover the two braided loaves of hallah at Sabbath dinner, was recovered after the war ended.Germany occupied the Netherlands on May 10, 1940. In January 1943, the family went into hiding. In late 1943, it became too dangerous to house the family together. With assistance from the Dutch underground, part of the family moved to a different hiding place. Amsterdam was liberated by the Canadian Army on May 5, 1945. Some family members returned to Haarlem, others had gone to Sweden and did not learn that they were all alive until 1948. Most of their other family members were killed during the Holocaust.

recovered:  approximately 1945 May
recovery: buried for safekeeping; Haarlem (Netherlands)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Hallah covers (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Louise Lawrence-Israels
Record last modified: 2022-06-13 14:46:15
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