Hand painted Torah binder brought with German Jewish refugee family
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Jewish ceremonial objects
- Object Type
Torah binders (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Florine Junker
White wimpel (or Torah binder) with a multi-colored, painted inscription created for Eric Junker. It was brought with the family when they left Aschaffenburg, Germany, for the United States in July 1937, and displayed at Eric's funeral in 2012. A wimpel is used as a binder to keep a Torah scroll tightly wound when not in use. It was a German custom to make a wimpel from the swaddling cloth used at the circumcision ceremony (brit malah), which was performed when a male infant was eight days old. The cloth was usually hand-decorated by the mother or another close family member. After the Nazi regime took power in 1933, authorities quickly began suppressing the rights and personal freedoms of Jews, and boycotting their businesses. Eric's father, Fred, traveled alone to the United States in November 1936. After getting settled in Philadelphia, Fred brought his family over as well. Eric, his brother, Herbert, their mother, Betty, and their grandmother, Martha Keller, arrived in July 1937. Eric’s sister, Lillian, was born in 1939. Later on, in 1955, Eric became a naturalized US citizen.
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Also in Eric Junker family collection
The collection consists of a wimpel, documents, and photographs related to experiences of Erich (later Eric) Junker, his parents Fred and Betty, and brother Herbert, originally of Aschaffenburg, Germany, who immigrated to the United States in 1936-1937, as a result of anti-Semitism in Germany.
Photographs and documents related to the immigration of the family of Erich Junker, originally of Aschaffenburg, Germany, to the United States in 1936-1937, as a result of antisemitism in Germany. The collection includes photographs of the Junker family, including Eric, his parents Fred and Betty, and brother Herbert, among others; and documents related to Erich, including his birth certificate, immunization certificate, United States naturalization certificate, and related documents.