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Gebetbuch für Peszachfest

Publication | Accession Number: 2015.559.3.1

Prayer book for the first and second day of Passover that belonged to Lore Baer’s brother Max and is inscribed with his name. Lore was living with her father, Hellmuth, 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.

Alternate Title
Prayer Book for the Holidays
Prayer Book for Passover
Series Title
Gebetbuch für die Festtage
approximately 1900  (publication)
publication : Rodelheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lore Kirchheimer
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 12:06:25
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