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Painted metal sign with a blue Star of David from a tailor workshop in the Warsaw ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.483.1

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    Painted metal sign with a blue Star of David from a tailor workshop in the Warsaw ghetto


    Brief Narrative
    Metal shop sign with a wooden frame displayed in the window of Symcha Abramowicz's tailor shop in the ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and occupied Warsaw on September 29. By November, the Germans had shut schools, confiscated Jewish-owned property, and conscripted Jewish men into forced labor. On October 12, 1940, the Germans forcibly relocated the Jews into a ghetto which was sealed off from the rest of the city by a guarded, ten foot, barbed wire topped wall. The population reached 400,000, with an average of 7 people sharing a single room. Diseases spread rapidly and death by starvation was soon a common occurrence. From June-September 1942, the Germans staged mass deportations to Treblinka killing center; thousands more were killed in the actions to fill the transports. In January 1943, when SS units returned to deport the remaining residents, they were met with resistance and withdrew. On April 19, SS and police units returned to liquidate the ghetto. They were met with armed, organized resistance, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was not subdued until May 16. The ghetto was emptied of inhabitants and razed to the ground.
    use:  approximately 1941
    use: Warsaw (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wladimir M. Szpirt, in memory of his father, Josef Szpirt

    Physical Details

    Information Forms
    Object Type
    Window cards (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangualr painted metal sign in a wooden frame with blue and red painted Polish text on a white background. A 6-pointed Star of David with a scrollwork design below is painted in blue at the top.
    overall: Height: 14.000 inches (35.56 cm) | Width: 21.000 inches (53.34 cm)
    overall : wood, metal, paint
    front, stylized fonts, blue and red paint : Pracownia / KRAWIECKA / Symcha Abramowicz (Tailoring / workshop / of Symcha Abramowicz)

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    Administrative Notes

    The sign was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Wladimir M. Szpirt.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-07-28 18:28:42
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