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Prayer book received as a wedding gift in prewar Germany

Publication | Accession Number: 2005.175.2

Prayer book given to Grete (Margarethe) Katz for her wedding in 1936/1937 in Germany. Soon after, Grete and her husband Walther Schoenfled left Nazi-ruled Gemany for Amsterdam, Netherlands. They had a daughter, Truusje on July 14, 1939. In May 1940, Amsterdam was occupied by Nazi Germany. In 1943, Walther and Grete, with four year old Truusje, were ordered to report for deportation to a concentration camp. A neighbor, Mimi Grimberg da Silva Rosa, a German Protestant, who had hidden Truusje before, found them in the schoolyard where they were being held and told the guard she had left something there. He let her in with her bike and as she went by the family, she picked Truusje up and put her in the basket, then rode out. She placed Truusje in hiding with a loving family outside Amsterdam, the De Bruins, who kept Truusje until the end of the war. Walther and Grete were sent to Auschwitz and killed. After the May 1945 liberation of the Netherlands, Mimi came and took Truusje away from the De Bruins. That summer, Truusje's maternal grandfather and uncle, Levi and Werner Katz, returned from Theresienstadt concentration camp. In November 1946, Truusje and her grandfather emigrated to the United States.

Title
Israelitisches gebetbuch hebräisch und deutsch
Collection Subtitle
Verbessert und durch viele neue übersetzungen vermehrt
Date
1936  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Language
German
Hebrew
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Trudy Katzer
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