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Tsiyon [Zion] shaped stone Shabbat candle holder and base carved in a Cyprus detention camp

Object | Accession Number: 2006.478.1 a-b

Shabbat candle holder crafted by Maurice Grauer while at a British detention camp in Cyprus from 1947 to 1948. It was carved from a floor tile using a sardine can as a carving tool. Grauer and his wife, Natalia, were on the ship, Ben Hur, en route to Palestine when it was stopped by the British authorities. All the passengers, many of them, like the Grauer's, Holocaust survivors, were detained in Cyprus. Palestine was under British control and the immigration policy was very restrictive. The Grauer's first child, Sophie, was born in the camp in 1948. Early that year, the British began to withdraw their military forces from Palestine. On May 11, 1948, the state of Israel was established. The Grauer's and the other detainees were welcomed into the Jewish homeland. Grauer was 19 years old when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. He fled Krakow for Russian territory and was jailed in Siberia until the Germans declared war on the Soviets. Polish prisoners were set free and Grauer joined the Polish Army for the duration of the war and stayed enlisted for another year and a half. He then made his way to the Eggenfelden displaced persons camp where he met his wife.

creation:  1948
creation: British detention camp; Cyprus
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Candelabra (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marlene Zycter
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:35
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