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

Object | Accession Number: 2015.365.7

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

    Brief Narrative
    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.
    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

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Jewish Art and Symbolism
    Object Type
    Tefillin bags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Dark gray velvet drawstring bag with the initials KR embroidered on one side and the Hebrew letters Dalet and Yod on the other side.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm) | Width: 6.750 inches (17.145 cm)
    Materials
    overall : velvet, cloth
    Inscription
    front, embroidered : KR
    back, embroidered : Hebrew letters Dalet and Yod

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The tefillin bag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015 by Kurt Goldsmith.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-08 14:48:25
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