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Brass Shabbat lamp and drip tray acquired by a German Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2018.356.2 a-b

Six pointed star shaped brass Shabbat lamp and drip tray brought to the United States, by Louise Schwarzenberger (later Suessmann) when she emigrated from Germany in 1939. Shabbat is a day reserved for rest and worship, and any form of work is prohibited. The Shabbat lamp is lit every Friday before sunset, usually by a woman in the household, and left burning until the following evening. Louise emigrated from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri, and found work as a hospital attendant. She joined her siblings, Maria, Kathe, and Kurt, as well as their families, who had immigrated in the wake of the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, which severely restricted the political, social, and economic rights of Germany’s Jewish population. Left behind were her parents, Bernhard and Meta Schwarzenberger, who were deported to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, where they died in 1943. In late 1940, Louise married Emanuel Suessmann (1910-1978), a storekeeper and gardener from Leipzig, Germany. He had been imprisoned in Germany’s Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the aftermath of the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. Six months after his release, he went to Kitchener camp (also known as Richborough Transit Camp), a refugee camp, organized and funded by the Central British Fund for German Jewry, for a year before immigrating to the United States. In April 1943, Emanuel was drafted by the U.S. Army, and beginning in September 1944 served in Germany with the War Department’s Military Intelligence Division, known as the Ritchie Boys, and was discharged in October 1945.

acquired:  after 1907 September 26-before 1939 March 15
acquired: Mosbach (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
use: Saint Louis (Mo.)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Jewish lamps (lcsh)
Light fixtures.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael B. Suessmann
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:12:02
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