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Shallow pewter bowl with etched Hebrew owned by a German Jewish prewar emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2012.456.2

Pewter bowl with etched Hebrew letters owned by Moritz Berk, who decided to leave Nazi Germany for the US in 1938. When Hitler came into power in January 1933, Moritz, his wife Berta, and their daughter Fraenze were living in Schwanfeld, where Morris's family had lived for generations. Under the Nazi government, Jews were persecuted and increasingly banned from areas of German society. Faced with rising anti-Semitism, Moritz, Berta, Fraenze, and Berta’s mother Jette, decided to immigrate to the United States. Berta’s brother, Max Lonnerstaedter, sponsored their 1938 emigration to New York. Moritz’s brother and two of Berta’s brothers also immigrated to the United States before the Holocaust. Their family members who remained in Germany perished in the Holocaust.

Date
1938 October  (emigration)
Geography
received : Schwanfeld (Germany)
Language
German
Hebrew
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Tableware
Object Type
Pewter--Bowls (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Friedland-Cristina
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 15:59:07
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