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Publication | Accession Number: 1992.8.25

Book of Esther scroll or Megillat Esther, perhaps made for a child, handwritten by an unknown sofer for Isaac Ossowski, a prominent member of the Jewish community in Berlin, Germany, who emigrated in 1938 to avoid the increasing persecution of Jews by the government of Nazi Germany. Rabbi Ossowski was head shochet [ritual slaughterer], mohel [practioner of ritual circumcision], sofer, and hazan [cantor or 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.

Alternate Title
Megillat Ester
Date
use:  1910-1938
emigration:  1938
Geography
creation: Berlin (Germany)
Language
Hebrew
Object Type
Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sol Oster
 
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