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Hand painted Torah binder brought with German Jewish refugee family

Object | Accession Number: 2016.404.2

White wimpel with a multi-colored painted inscription created for Erich Junker, and brought with the family when they left Aschaffenburg, Germany, for the United States in July 1937. 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] performed when a male infant was eight days old. The cloth was usually hand decorated by the mother or another close family member. This wimpel was Erich's and has a handpainted design, so the presumption is that it was used at his brit malah in 1935. It was also displayed at Erich's funeral in 2012. After the Nazi regime took power in 1933, they put in place policies that persecuted the Jewish population. Erich's father Fred left for America in 1936 to get settled and arrange for his family to join him. Erich's mother Betty, Erich, 2, his brother Herbert, 3, and her mother Martha Keller left aboard the New York on July 8, and soon joined his father in Philadelphia.

commemoration:  1935 October 01
use:  approximately 2012 October 03
received: Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Torah binders (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Florine Junker
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:27:02
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