Set of tefillin kept by a Polish Jewish man through the war
use: Bolekhiv (Ukraine)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Jewish ceremonial objects
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Rosenstock
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.
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Also in Bernard and Sarah Widman collection
The collection consists of a set of tefillin, correspondence, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Bernard and Sarah Rothfeld Widman before and during the Holocaust in Poland, and after the Holocaust in the United States.
Collection of documents, identification papers, correspondence and photographs relating to Bernard (Baruch)and Sarah Widman and their experiences during the Holocaust. The majority of the papers are restitution papers filed by the Widmans and include medical reports, testimonies, forms, receipts, and legal correspondence. Also includes immigration and naturalization papers, family photographs and Baruch Widman’s DP identification card.