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Tefillin set with a dark red velvet pouch used by a prewar German Jewish emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2012.455.4 a-c

Pair of tefillin with a burgundy velvet storage pouch used by Dr. Leo Nast, a chemical engineer who left Hamburg, Germany, for the United States in July 1934. Tefillin are small boxes with leather straps used by Orthodox Jewish males during morning prayers. Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Leo had long opposed the politics of Hitler and the Nazi Party and Leo and his wife Bertha decided to leave Germany. Their immigration was sponsored by the Catalin Corporation, a plastics company that employed Leo after his arrival in the US. The Nazi dictatorship enacted anti-Jewish laws and the persecution of Jews grew increasingly harsh. In 1939, Leo arranged for his mother, Frederica, to come to the US. In May 1940, he sponsored the immigration of his niece, Johanna Cohn, her husband Arthur, and their 18 year old daughter Irma, from Breslau, Germany.

Date
1934 July  (emigration)
1899  (creation)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Tefillin (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irma Cohn Clemens
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:06
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