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Electric Ner tamid [Eternal light] with a table mount issued by Yad Vashem

Object | Accession Number: 1992.8.34 a-b

Eternal light lamp issued by Yad Vashem and acquired by Sol Oster around the time the Hall of Remembrance, the first commemorative site at Yad Vashem, was built in 1961. Sol lived in Berlin, Germany, with his family during the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship following the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933. Sol’s father, Isaac Ossowski, was a prominent member of the Jewish community and the family was repeatedly questioned by the SS (Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons) who gathered intelligence on opponents of the Nazi state and policed racial purity. 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, he applied to a seminary in London and went into hiding. In June 1937, he received his acceptance letter which he needed to get a student visa for England. After completing his studies in London in 1939, he joined his family in the United States, where they had emigrated between 1936 and 1938.

emigration:  1939
use:  approximately 1961
use: United States
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Sanctuary lamps (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sol Oster
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:10
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