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Torah mantle with embroidered crown used for Bar Mitzvah at Theresienstadt

Object | Accession Number: 2005.517.4

Torah mantle used for the Bar Mitzvah of thirteen year old Herbert Blau in July 1944 in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia. The service was presided over by Rabbi Leo Baeck. Herbert's youth group gave him his own tin of sardines to celebrate the event. Herbert and his family were deported by the Germans from Vienna, Austria, in 1942. They lived in Terezin until the International Red Cross took over administration of the camp from the Germans on May 2, 1945. The family then was transferred to the Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Germany where they lived until their emigration to the United States in 1948.

received:  1944 July
use: Theresienstadt (concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Torah mantles (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jeffrey A. Gordon
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:47
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