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Rosh Hashanah prayer book given to a German Kindertransport refugee by her father

Object | Accession Number: 2015.559.2.1

Prayer book for the first and second day of Rosh Hashanah inscribed with a message to Lore Baer for her 13th birthday by her father, Hellmuth Baer, while he was in Shanghai, China. Lore was living with her father and mother, Hedwig in Mannheim, Germany, when on November 10, 1938, during the Kristallnacht pogrom, German SS officers entered the family’s apartment, destroyed their belongings, arrested Hellmuth, and sent him to Dachau concentration camp. Lore’s mother secured his release in December 1938, and got him passage to Shanghai. In May 1939, Lore was sent to England on a Kindertransport. Lore’s brother Max was studying in Italy, and came to visit her in England. He was arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Australia on board the HMT Dunera. In 1942, while returning to England, his ship was torpedoed, and Max died in the attack. In France, Lore’s mother was sent to Gurs internment camp and then to Drancy transit camp. Later, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland where she was murdered on September 2, 1942. Hellmuth died in Shanghai in May 1946 of pleurisy. That same month, Lore immigrated to the United States with the help of relatives. She married Harry Kirchheimer, who was one of 50 children rescued from Vienna by the Kraus family.

Rosch ha-Schanah
Alternate Title
Prayers of the Israelites
Rosh Hashanah
Series Title
Festgebete der Israeliten
publication:  1928-1941
commemoration:  1941 October 16
publication: Rodelheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
received: England
Record last modified: 2023-05-30 10:26:54
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