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Feast of Tabernacles prayer book inscribed by the brother of a German Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2015.559.3.5

Prayer book for Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 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.

Gebetbuch für das Laubhüttenfest
Alternate Title
Prayer Book for the Holidays
Prayer book for Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
Prayer book for the Closing and Joy Celebration (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah)
Gebetbuch für das Schlusz- und Freudenfest
Series Title
Gebetbuch für die Festtage
publication:  approximately 1900
publication: Rodelheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lore Kirchheimer
Record last modified: 2023-05-30 10:26:54
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