Danzig 1939. Treasures of a Destroyed Community

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Vivian B. Mann, Joseph Gutmann, Sheila Schwartz.


Vivian B. Mann.


New York City, USA, 1980. 142 pp., illustrations: 8 col., 82 b&w, 28 × 21.4 cm. English.




Jewish Museum New York (26 March–17 August 1980)


A treasury of personal and communal objects once belonging to the Jews of Danzig. These items were sent from Danzig to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America of New York for safekeeping during the Holocaust, and are now part of the collections of the Jewish Museum of New York. Catalog includes: a preface about the exhibition and its origins (Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson), reflections on the Holocaust (Günter Grass), a short history of Danzig Jewry (Gerson C. Bacon), an essay on the Danzig Treasures (Joseph Gutmann), a biographical essay about the collector Lesser Gieldzinski (Elizabeth Cats), extensive entries for each exhibit (Vivian B. Mann and Joseph Gutmann), and a checklist of items not on exhibit. 134 items.

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AmuletsAntisemitic images/objectsBesamimBook bindingsBridal/Wedding beltsCandlesticks/CandelabraCircumcision implements/objectsCircumcision Torah Ark curtainsEtrog containersGermanyHanukkah lampsHevra Kadisha pitchers/tankardsHistorical documentsHistorical photographsHolocaustKeter TorahKetubbotKiddush cupsLevite setsMezuzah casesNer TamidPesach platesPidyon ha-Ben platesPrayerbooks/MahzorsPortraitsPortraits, rabbisPrints, Jewish customs & ceremoniesReader’s deskRimmonimSalom Italia, Esther scroll bordersScrolls of Esther, engraved bordersShiviti plaques, metalShtendersSynagogue bannersSynagogues, DanzigSynagogues, GermanyTassTorah (scroll)Torah Ark curtainsTorah ArksTorah Arks, fragmentsTorah arks, miniatureTorah bindersTorah mantlesTzedakah boxes/containersWedding sofas/stoolsYad

Related ephemera

Invitation to exhibition opening in Chicago, 15.8 × 11.5 cm; Exhibition leaflet for showing in Cambridge, Mass., 10 pp., 2 b&w illus., 21.6 × 9 cm; Exhibition leaflet for showing in Berkeley, 8 pp., 4 b&w illus., 22.9 × 10.2 cm; Detailed comments on the catalog by Rafi Grafman, 9 pp.

Other venues

Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., USA (16 December 1980–5 February 1981); Spertus Museum, Chicago, Ill., USA (15 March–31 May 1981); Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge, Mass., USA (5 April–20 June 1982); Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Germany (5 September–21 November 1982); Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany (2 December 1982–16 January 1983), Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (30 January–27 February 1983), Galerie “Kultur unterm Turm”, Stuttgart, Germany (16 March–17 April 1983); Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv, Israel (Summer 1983); University of California, University Art Museum, Berkeley, Calif., USA (9 May–8 July 1984)

Catalogs from other venues

#699 (Braunschweig); #755 (Tel Aviv)

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