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Siddur inscribed to a Czech Jewish girl by her father while in Theresienstadt

Publication | Accession Number: 2012.342.3 a-b

German prayer book inscribed for Maud Stecklmacher, 14, by her father Fritz in February 1943 when the family was imprisoned in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia. It includes a photograph with black tape to mark his death in May 1943. On July 2, 1942, Maud, her parents, Fritz and Käthe, her younger sister Karmela, 8, her grandparents Max and Steffi Steiner, and her uncle and cousin, Josef and Gustav Steiner, were sent from Prosjetov to Thereseinstadt. On July 28, Gustav, 16, and Josef were deported to Baranowicze, Poland, and murdered upon arrival. Max died on September 17. Fritz committed suicide on May 30, 1943. Käthe was assigned to the glimmer factory, separating the mineral mica into flakes used for electrical insulation. Mica was essential to the German war effort, so she and her immediate family were protected temporarily from deportation to camps further east. Steffi was deported to Auschwitz and murdered in October 1944. Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. Käthe, Maud, and Karmela returned to Prostejov. They left for Israel in March 1949.

Title
Deutsche Gebete zum Gebrauche bei der häuslichen und öffentlichen Andacht
Date
1936  (publication/distribution)
1943 February  (received)
Geography
publication : Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
received : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Language
German
Hebrew
Object Type
Judaism--Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maud Michal Stecklmacher Beer
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