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Jewish religious song book returned to a family after being confiscated during the war

Publication | Accession Number: 2016.203.13 a-b

The Song of Solomon, Chasonus, and sheet music are among 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 Müller and Jacob Heinfeldt. 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.

Title
Schir Lisch’laumau. Chasonus (vor allem nach den traditionellen Weisen) für das ganze Liturgische Jahr.
Alternate Title
Song of Solomon. Chazzanut (especially after the traditional ways) for the whole liturgical year.
Date
1901  (publication)
Geography
publication : Berlin (Germany)
use : Nuremberg (Germany)
publication : Leipzig (Germany)
Object Type
Judaism--Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Norman A. Miller
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Record last modified: 2018-02-27 14:32:48
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