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Illustrated Book of Esther scroll with case owned by a Jewish refugee

Publication | Accession Number: 1992.8.31 a-b

Book of Esther scroll or Megillat Esther with case from the library of Sol Oster. The printed scroll was given to him in 1936 when he was seventeen years old. Sol left Germany and then Lithuania to escape the increasingly violent anti-Semitism that was developing in those countries in the 1930s. Sol’s father, Rabbi Isaac Ossowski, was a prominent member of the Jewish community in Berlin, Germany. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933, increasingly severe sanctions were placed upon Jews. The family was targeted repeatedly by the SS (Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons.) Fourteen year old Sol told his father that he wanted to leave Germany to attend a seminary and, in 1934, he was sent to a yeshiva in Ponevezh (Panevezys), Lithuania. In December 1936, Sol received a notice to register with the German embassy. Afraid that his passport would be confiscated, Sol applied to a seminary in London and went into hiding. He needed an acceptance letter to get a student visa for England and when it arrived in June 1937, he left for London. After completing his studies in 1939, he joined his parents in the United States, where they had emigrated a year earlier.

Megillat Ester
Alternate Title
Bible. OT. Esther
1936-1943  (publication/distribution)
1938  (emigration)
1936  (creation)
use : Panevezys (Lithuania)
publication : Berlin (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sol Oster
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Record last modified: 2017-07-20 13:37:45
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