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Bible and Talmud book returned to a family after being confiscated during the war

Object | Accession Number: 2016.203.10

The Bibel-und Talmudschatz is one of five books from the personal collection of Sebald Müller that were confiscated by the Nazi regime and added to Julius Streicher's Library of Judaica in the 1930s. After the war, the books were placed in the collection of the Stadt-Bibliothek Nuremberg [Nuremberg City Library], which returned them to Sebald’s son, Norman Miller (previously Norbert Müller) in 2011. The book is inscribed by Sebald to his mother, Bertha, on the occasion of her husband, and his father, Nathan’s death. On November 9, 1938, during Kristallnacht in Nuremberg, Germany, the apartment Sebald shared with his wife, Laura, their children, Norbert and Suse, and mother-in-law, Clara Jüngster, was ransacked by local men with axes. In late August 1939, Sebald, managed to get Norbert out of Germany on a Kindertransport [Children's Transport] to London two days prior to the start of World War II. Sebald and the other family members were able to exchange letters with Norbert until communications ceased in May 1941. In November 1941, Sebald, Laura, Suse and Clara were deported 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. In 1944, Norbert enlisted in the British army and changed his name. While serving on occupational duty in Germany after the war, Norman learned his family’s fate from a man that was being held in Jungfernhof with them. 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.

Otsar ha-Torah ṿeha-Talmud : Bibel und Talmudschatz, Ein Buch für die jüdische FamilieTitle
Alternate Title
Bible and Talmud Treasure, A book for the Jewish family
publication:  1910
publication: Hamburg (Germany)
use: Nuremberg (Germany)
Object Type
Judaism--Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Norman A. Miller
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:14:17
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