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Book of Esther scroll buried then recovered postwar

Publication | Accession Number: 2013.476.9

Commercially published miniature version of a Megillat, or Book of Esther, scroll with illustrations returned to Gisela Marx when she went back to Dülken, Germany, after the war. Gisela was sent to safety by her parents Edna and Leopold who placed her on a Kindertransport to England in August 1939. Erna and Leopold gave some of their religious items, including this scroll and a scroll of daily prayers (2013.476.10), and other valuables, such as jewelry, to a pastor in Dülken, to preserve them. He buried the materials in his cellar. The paster was later arrested and sent to a concentration camp for preaching anti-Nazi sermons. With the help of the Red Cross, the pastor located and wrote to Gisela in 1950. When she came to visit, he returned the items to Gisela, fulfilling her parents' request. He told Gisela that her parents had believed they were being deported to Theresienstadt. Gisela later discovered that they had been sent from Dusseldorf on December 11, 1941, to the Riga ghetto where they perished.

Date
approximately 1941  (use)
1950  (recovered)
Geography
publication : Stettin (Germany)
recovery : Dulken (Viersen, Germany)
Language
Hebrew
German
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of The George Washington University and the Estate of John P. Eden
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 16:17:42
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