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Hand painted Torah binder brought with German Jewish refugee family

Object | Accession Number: 2016.404.2

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.

commemoration:  1935
use:  2012
received: Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Torah binders (lcsh)
Religious articles.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Florine Junker
Record last modified: 2023-04-24 14:15:10
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