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Torah breastplate recovered postwar from the site of the destroyed synagogue in Grodno

Object | Accession Number: 1991.140.2

Found by Solomon Zukowski, post WWII, Grodno, Poland. Given to Dr. Felix Zandman who brought them to Israel and gave them to the Grodno Survivors Association. Saved from the synagogue of Grodno, Poland, now Hrodna, Belarus. The Torah pointer and breast plate are the last surviving artifacts from the Synagogues of Grodno. (Grodno is now part of the Soviet Union, but was part of Poland during the war.) These objects were found by Solomon Zukowski, a Jewish resident of Grodno. He was hidden in the nearby village of Lososna by a Christian family after the Nazis invaded. After the war he returned to Grodno and found these objects in the debris of the synagogue. They were the only objects salvaged as everything else was robbed or destroyed. The pointer and breast plate were brought to Israel by Dr. F. Zandman (a survivor of Grodno) who visited Grodno as a tourist. He gave them to the Grodno Survivor's Association, which entrusted them to Dr. Gila Flam who brought them to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Date
1870-1880  (creation)
approximately 1945  (found)
Geography
found : former synagogue site; Hrodna (Belarus)
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Grodno Survivors Association
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:38
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