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Tallit katan brought to England by a British soldier and Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2016.203.2

Tallit katan belonging to Norbert Müller (later Norman Miller), a 15 year old German Jewish refugee who came to London, England in September 1939. A tallit katan is a religious garment worn by Jewish men and boys with their daily dress. On November 9, 1938, during Kristallnacht in Nuremberg, Germany, the apartment Norbert shared with his parents, Sebald and Laura, younger sister, Suse, and grandmother, Clara Jüngster, was ransacked by local men with axes. In late August 1939, Norbert, managed to leave Germany for London, with a Kindertransport [Children's Transport] two days prior to the start of World War II. Norbert was able to exchange letters with his family until communications ceased in May 1941. In 1944, Norbert enlisted in the British army and changed his name. In early 1945, his unit was deployed to Belgium. When Germany surrendered on May 7, his unit was serving occupational duty in Hamburg. After the war, Norman learned that his family had been deported in November 1941, to Riga, Latvia and interned in Jungfernhof concentration camp where they fell ill with typhus and were killed in a mass execution on March 26, 1942. Norman eventually immigrated to the United States and became a citizen in 1955. He married a fellow German, Jewish emigrant, Ingeborg Sommer and they had two sons.

Date
after 1924 June 02  (use)
Geography
use : Germany
en route : Kindertransport; London (England)
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Norman A. Miller
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Record last modified: 2018-04-17 09:59:54
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