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Object | Accession Number: 2017.223.1

Prayer book given to David Bajer, 25, on a 1947 trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands. He went inside a synagogue and the rabbi gave him a set of tefillin to use and to keep and David picked up this prayer book as well. David was the only survivor from a very devout family from Kozienice, Poland. Although he lost faith in Judaism during the Holocaust, he kept this siddur with him as a talisman for seventy years. He decided to donate the book to the Museum, but brought the book to the Museum for three weeks in a row before he finally had the courage to donate it on May 31, 2017. Kozienice was occupied by Nazi Germany on September 9, 1939. David, his parents Manes and Sarah, siblings Rosa, Joshua, and Rachel, and his grandparents were confined to the ghetto. On September 27, 1942, ghetto inhabitants were sent to Treblinka killing center. David was on a work detail and the day the Germans came to take the workers, he was away looking for food. He got on the ghetto cleanup crew and in December was sent to Pionki slave labor camp. In 1944, he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, tattooed B74, and sent to Jaworzno subcamp. Around January 1944, it was evacuated by death march to Blechhammer. He escaped shortly after arrival and the region was soon liberated by the Soviet Army.

received:  1947
received: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David Bayer
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 13:58:43
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