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Prayer Hebrew prayer book, carried to Ecuador by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2016.538.7

Die Thora und die Sprache book, owned by Horst Abraham and carried from Germany to Ecuador in the late 1930s. Following Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor of Germany in January 1933, anti-Jewish decrees and persecution made life in Germany increasingly difficult. Horst Abraham immigrated to Ecuador from Leipzig, Germany, in 1937, after hearing a rumor that he might be arrested. Horst's parents, Nanette and David, and one of his two brothers, Kurt, joined him there later. In 1942, Horst met Ilse Brilling, who immigrated to Chambo, Ecuador in 1939 with her parents, Hedwig and Isidor, and older sister, Hilde. Ilse’s father died in 1939, and the family moved to Quito in 1942. Ilse married Horst on March 3, 1944, and they had their first child in 1946. Ilse, Horst, and their other family members living in Ecuador immigrated to the United States in the mid-to-late 1940s and settled in the New York City area. Horst changed his name to Harry, and got a job working in a meatpacking factory owned by his distant relatives. Many members of their extended families were not able to escape from Europe and died during the Holocaust.

Alternate Title
Die Thora und die Sprache
ha-Torah v'ha-Lashon
The Torah and the Language
Series Title
Chamisha Chumshei Torah
The Five Books of the Torah
emigration:  1937
publication:  1930
publication: Vienna (Austria)
use: Leipzig (Germany)
en route: Ecuador.
Object Type
Prayer books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Abraham
Record last modified: 2021-05-06 11:44:51
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