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Tallit with Great Seal, Star of David and 10 commandments used by a US Army chaplain

Object | Accession Number: 2011.320.1

Tallit, or prayer shawl with embroidered insignia worn by Rabbi Judah Nadich for his work as a Jewish chaplain in the United States Army from 1942-1946. Designed per US Army regulations, the tallit has the US coat of arms above the Jewish chaplain's insignia: a Star of David and the tablets of law. Nadich arrived in Paris just after its liberation on August 24, 1944. He conducted the first religious service after liberation in the rue de la Victoire synagogue, and preached to the assembled congregation of Jewish GIs and survivors in both French and English. On Passover 1945, Nadich conducted seders for 6000 Jewish troops in a Champs d’Elysee night club. In August 1945, Lt. Colonel Nadich, Senior Jewish Chaplain, European Theater, was stationed at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces, as the first Advisor on Jewish Affairs to General Eisenhower. He investigated the conditions of Jewish refugees at displaced persons camps. He found the living conditions horrifying and helped develop improvements. Nadich also convinced Eisenhower to reconsider the Allied policy of not admitting refugees from Eastern Europe, explaining how unthinkable it was for survivors to return to homelands where their entire families had been murdered.

Date
1942-1946  (use)
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shira Nadich Levin
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Record last modified: 2018-03-29 14:33:28
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