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Handpainted linen Torah binder made for a German Jewish boy

Object | Accession Number: 1992.8.1

Torah wimpel created to celebrate the birth of Sally (Sol) Ossowski on January 1, 1919, by his father, Isaac Ossowski, in Berlin, Germany in the 1930s. The hand painted inscription and decorations proclaim his birth and tell his parents to raise him according to Jewish law. A binder is a textile band used like a belt to hold closed the two staves of the Torah scroll when it is not in use. Rabbi Ossowski was a prominent member of the Jewish community in Berlin. He was head shochet [ritual slaughterer], mohel [practitioner of ritual circumcision], sofer [scribe], and hazan [cantor, musical prayer leader] at the Alte Shul [Old Synagogue]. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933, increasingly severe sanctions were enacted against Jews. The Ossowski family was repeatedly questioned by the SS (Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons) who gathered intelligence on opponents of the Nazi state and policed racial purity. In 1934, Isaac sent his youngest son, 14 year old Sol, to Lithuania to study at a yeshiva. In 1936, his sons, Joseph and Leo, left for the United States. In 1938, Isaac and his wife, Frida, and their daughter, Nettie, escaped Nazi Germany and joined Joseph in the US. Sol joined them there in 1939.

creation:  1919 January
commemoration:  1919 January-1919 January
emigration:  1938-1938
creation: Berlin (Germany)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Torah binders (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sol Oster
Record last modified: 2022-08-22 15:00:11
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