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Monogrammed gray velvet tefillin bag carried by a young German Jewish Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2015.365.7

Gray velvet tefillin pouch used by thirteen year old Kurt Rosenbaum to carry his tefillin when he was sent by his parents on a Kindertransport to Belgium in March 1939. Tefillin are small boxes containing prayers attached to leather straps and worn on the arm and the head by Orthodox Jewish males during morning prayers. Kurt eventually traveled to Portland, OR and was subsequently adopted by the Goldsmith family. In September 1945, he was drafted into the US Army and sent to Okinawa, Japan.

Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Tefillin bags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Kurt R. Goldsmith in memory of his father, Kenneth Kurt Rosenbaum Goldsmith, and his grandparents, Frieda and Siegfried Rosenbaum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:25
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