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Object | Accession Number: 1999.177.3 a-b

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    Brief Narrative
    Machzor, a Jewish High Holiday prayer book, for the New Year saved by the Rosenwald family who fled Nazi Germany for the United States. It was signed by Jeanette David Rosenwald (1836 – 1902) in 1861, the same year she married Hermann Rosenwald (1832-1899) in Bunde, Germany. On the front and back flyleaves, is a handwritten list of Hermann and Jeanette’s 12 children, their Hebrew birthdates, Hebrew names, and death dates for those that did not live to adulthood. Also included are the English calendar dates where they differ from the Hebrew date because the child was born after sunset. Seven children survived childhood and had families of their own: Bendix, Thekla, Ida, Laura, Sophie, Gustav, and Paul. Bendix and Laura died before the Holocaust, but members of their families and those of their 5 living siblings immigrated to the United States as part of the rescue effort of their American Rosenwald relatives. A letter on blue paper, "für Jeanette Rosenwald, 13 Oktober 1872, HR" was found in the book.
    Gebete am Neuen Jahr mit Deutscher Uebersekung. Geordent und uberfekt von W. Heidenheim
    Series Title
    Festagliches Gebetbuch, geordnet und uberfest von W. Heidenheim
    publication:  1856
    publication: Rodelheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert and C. Jeanne Rosenwald
    Publisher: Lehrberger & Co.
    Editor: Wolf Heidenheim
    Wolf Heidenheim was born in the town of Heidenheim in Bavaria, Germany, in 1757. At a young age, he traveled to Fürth, to study the Talmud under Joesph Steinhardt and Hirsch Janow. He was a scholar of Hebrew grammar of the Masorah. Heidenheim went to Frankfurt am Main, and became a translator and commentator on Jewish liturgy. He founded a publishing house in Roedelheim in 1799, and the mahzor was one of the first books he printed. Heidenheim was the first publisher to review ancient manuscripts and texts and edit the mahzor accordingly. He died on February 23, 1832, in Rödelheim, Germany.

    Physical Details

    Hebrew German
    Physical Description
    Book; 256 p. , 11 p. ; 19 cm. (7.500 x 4.625 x 1.250 in.)
    front and back flyleaves, inscriptions; German title page, Festagliches Gebetbuch, geordnet und uberfest von W. Heidenheim; title page, Hebrew text, 1856.
    title page, Gebete am Neuen Jahr mit Deutscher Uebersekung. Geordent und uberfekt von W. Heidenheim. Neue, burchaus verbesserte Auflage. Rodelheim, Druck u. Verlag von J. Lehrberger & Comp. 1856.
    Red paper cover; a. block with board b. board.
    overall : paper, ink
    front flyleaf, handwritten, German and Hebrew, black ink : Jeanette Rosenwald / geb. David. / (?) 1861 / 9 entries in German and Hebrew, names and dates [Bendix {Baruch} (June 2, 1862) / Theodor {David} (May 22, 1863 – August 10, 1863) / Max {Moshe} (July 23, 1864) / Thekla {?} (August 11, 1865) / Ida {?} (February 9, 1867) / Laura {Rachel} (August 5, 1868) / Sophie {Sarah} (November 11, 1869) / Emilie {Esther} (October 12, 1871 - October 12, 1871)
    back flyleaf, handwritten, German and Hebrew, black ink : 4 entries in German and Hebrew, names and dates [Gustav {Joshua} (July 30, 1873) / Arnold {Abraham} (August 7, 1875) / Siegfried {?} (November 29, 1876 - Feb. 26, 1877) / Paul {Jacob} (March 1, 1878)]

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    Administrative Notes

    The book was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999 by Robert and C. Jeanne Rosenwald.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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