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Set of tefillin kept by a Polish Jewish man through the war

Object | Accession Number: 2014.197.2 a-b

Set of tefillin kept with Baruch Widman in eastern Poland from 1941 to 1945 throughout the war. Baruch’s mother Regina told him to keep the tefillin with him because it would save him. Tefillin are small boxes containing prayers attached to leather straps and worn on the arm and the head by Orthodox Jewish males during morning prayers. In September 1939, Soviet forces occupied eastern Poland, including Rozniatow, where Baruch lived with his family. In August 1941, it was occupied by Germany. In summer 1942, Baruch, parents Regina and Salomon, and brother Oscar were sent to a labor camp in Bolechow. While in the camp, Baruch met and married Sarah Rothfeld. In summer 1943, Baruch and Sarah fled and joined a partisan group in the woods near Stryj. In July 1944, Baruch and Sarah went to Rozniatow, where they were hidden by a friend, Michal Jagiellowicz. Baruch and Sarah were liberated by Soviet forces in August 1944. They were the only members of their families to survive.

use:  1941-1945
use: Rozhniativ (Ukraine)
use: Bolekhiv (Ukraine)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Tefillin (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Rosenstock
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:54:18
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