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Green velvet Torah mantle with 10 Commandments found by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1989.291.1

Damaged green velvet Torah mantle found by Herman Schwartz, an American soldier, in the debris of a synagogue in Saverne, [Sabern or in German, Zabern or Schwenheim] France, desecrated by German forces at the beginning of the German occupation, June 1940-November 1944. He cut the mantle out of a pile of rubble with his bayonet. It has an applique of the 10 Commandment tablets with elaborate gold metal thread embroidery, a gift of the Women's Society in 1905. Jews had lived in the town since the 14th century. German troops destroyed the upper level of the synagogue, built in 1898-1900, to remove all traces of its Jewish origins. The NS Fliegerkorps, a flying corps, used the building as a training center. The Germans expelled the Jews to make the town Judenfrei [free of Jews.] Herman found the mantle as his battalion moved across the Alsace-Lorraine region of France and into Germany in late 1944 - early 1945. The synagogue was restored by the small Jewish community after the war.

Date
1905  (creation)
approximately 1944 November-approximately 1945 January  (found)
Geography
found : desecrated synagogue; Saverne (France)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Torah mantles (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Herman Schwartz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:00
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