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Object | Accession Number: 1988.27.1

Well used Sephardic siddur with a handwritten inscription for Hanukah kept with Leon Kabiljo, a Sephardic Jew from Zepce, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia-Herzegovina), while living in hiding from fall 1941- fall 1943. In April 1941, Yugoslavia was invaded and partitioned by the German led Axis Alliance. The same day, Leon wed Shary Montiljo. They lived in Travnik, which had become part of the Independent State of Croatia under the Fascist Ustasa who viciously persecuted Jews, Serbs, and Muslims. Three times, Leon escaped being taken for forced labor. In December 1941, he acquired false papers and fled to Italian occupied Yugoslavia, where Shary then joined him. In September 1943, Italy surrendered to the Allies and German troops arrived to take over the territory. Leon and Shary were in Split and went briefly into hiding with the partisans. They then went to the Adriatic Coast and managed to get to a displaced persons camp in liberated Bari, Italy. In summer 1944, they were among 1000 Jewish refugees escorted by Ruth Gruber to Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter in Oswego, New York. Nearly all the members of Leon and Shary's large extended families perished.

Sephardic siddur
publication:  1890
use:  1941-1944
publication: Vienna (Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leon Kabiljo
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:11:45
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