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Large white wool tallit with blue stripes well-used by a Polish Jewish elder

Object | Accession Number: 2004.406.2

Blue striped tallit gadol carried by Shlomo Schiller when he and his family fled Warez, Poland, to the Soviet Union after the German invasion on September 1, 1939. He prayed in this tallit, a prayer shawl worn by Jewish men during morning services, every day of his life until his death in 1964. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Shlomo, his wife, Henia, his 20 year old daughter, Ania, and his 15 year old twin daughters, Klara and Pola, were evacuated from Kherson to Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains. When Chelyabinsk expelled refugees as untrustworthy residents, the family moved to Kopeysk. Shlomo lost his sight due to starvation, and was hospitalized for nine months. After the war ended, the family repatriated to Poland.

use:  1902-1964 November 10
received: Warez (Poland) (historic); Varyazh (Ukraine)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Klara Gorysznik-Meszel
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:30
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