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Prayer book owned by a Jewish refugee

Publication | Accession Number: 1992.8.7

Prayer book from the library of Sol Oster. The book was given to him as a present by his maternal great-uncle, Shalom Dantziger who had used the book for years himself. Dantziger was a mohel in Berlin, Germany, in the early 20th century. In 1933, Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany and by the summer, the Nazi dictatorship was firmly established. Increasingly severe sanctions were placed upon Jews. Sol’s father, Isaac, was a prominent member of a major synagogue in Berlin and 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. Friends from the yeshiva and a local farmer provided him food and a place to stay. 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.

Title
עיר הציון [Gates of Zion]
Date
1939  (emigration)
Geography
received : Berlin (Germany)
Language
Hebrew
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sol Oster
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