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Thephillah vethachanunim

Object | Accession Number: 2005.316.2 a-b

Prayer book buried by the family of Louise Israels while they lived in hiding in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Germany occupied the Netherlands in May 1940. By 1942, deportations of Jews to extermination camps were occurring regularly. Louise, her two year old brother, their parents and grandparents decided to go into hiding. No one but her father ever left their small attic hiding place. He snuck out after curfew to get food and other supplies. Amsterdam was liberated by Canadian forces on May 5, 1945. The next day, her parents took Louise and her brother outside to play in the park across the street. But they were too scared. As Louise recalls: “All we wanted was to go back inside...” Louise, having spent most of her life hiding indoors, had to learn how to live in a world without walls.

publication/distribution:  1883
publication: Rodelheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Object Type
Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Louise Lawrence-Israels
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:11:58
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