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Ceiling lamp globe commemorating a Romanian pogrom victim

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    Ceiling lamp globe commemorating a Romanian pogrom victim

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    Brief Narrative
    Glass globe dedicated to the memory of Idel Wahstain, who was murdered in the 1941 pogrom in Iasi, Romania. It was created immediately following World War II and donated by his children, Rasela and Iosef, to the synagogue in Iasi. The globe was retrieved from a light fixture in the main synagogue by the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities toward the end of the 20th century. In 1940, Romania came under the rule of a radical military coalition led by General Antonescu. In November 1940, they joined the Axis alliance, of which Nazi Germany was the leading member. The Romanians joined in the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941. A few days later, Romanian authorities launched a massive pogrom against the Jewish population in Iasi, the regional capital of Moldavia, killing at least 4000 and deporting 1000s more.
    creation:  approximately 1945
    commemoration:  1941 June 29
    use: Iasi synagogue; Iasi (Romania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities, Iași Section
    Subject: Idel Wahstain
    Idel Wahstain was a resident of Iasi, Romania, in 1941. He had two children, Iosef and Rasela. In June of 1941, the Romanian military government initiated a pogrom against the Jews of Iasi. Wahstain was murdered during this massacre on June 29, 1941.

    Physical Details

    Romanian Hebrew
    Furnishings and Furniture
    Lighting devices
    Physical Description
    Opaque, white, glass globe with a flared lip at the opening. The surface is covered with black painted text in Romanian and Hebrew, separated into 2 sections by an image of a scroll. On the bottom surface is a 6-pointed Star of David, with Hebrew text painted in the center.
    overall: Height: 8.000 inches (20.32 cm) | Diameter: 7.750 inches (19.685 cm)
    overall : glass, paint
    on side with numerical date, in black paint, Romanian and Hebrew text : D __AT/ DE / RAŞELA s IOSEF / INMEMORIA __UMPULU. NO__ S___ A / IDEL WAHSTAIN / MORTal KIDIS ASEM ’29 IUNIE 1941 / Yahad B’R Yosef N”P ‘AL KIDUSH HA-Shem / ‘D TAMUZ [Buried here / Written here / dead 29 June 1941] [fourth day of the month of Tamuz year 5701?]
    on side without date, in black paint, Romanian and Hebrew text : DO __/ COPHNOSTRII / IN M _______ RINILLF + NO __ / IOSUB CEKNA AVRAMs [Yosef Zèev Bar Moshe / Tsharni Hinki? Bat R/ Moshe]
    on bottom, in center of Star of David, in Hebrew : [Zion]

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    Administrative Notes

    The ceiling lamp globe was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Pincu Kaiserman for the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities, Iași Section.
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    2022-09-12 11:37:14
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