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Danzig 1939 : treasures of a destroyed community

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Call Number943.8 D199
Dates1980; ©1980
Statement of Responsibilitypreface, Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson ; essays, Günter Grass, Gershon C. Bacon, Joseph Gutmann, Elizabeth Cats ; catalogue, Vivian B. Mann, Joseph Gutmann.
Creators & ContributorsUngerleider, Joy Gottesman (contributor)
Grass, Günter (contributor)
Bacon, Gershon C. (Gershon Chaim) (contributor)
Gutmann, Joseph (contributor)
Cats, Elizabeth (contributor)
Mann, Vivian B. (contributor)
Schwartz, Sheila (editor)
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.) (author)
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.) (subject)
Summary"On July 26, 1939, ten huge crates, weighing over two tons, were delivered to 122nd Street and Broadway, New York City—the home of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. These crates contained ceremonial objects, books, scrolls, tapestries, textiles and memorabilia—the precious possessions of a community that was about to be destroyed, the Jewish community of the Free City of Danzig... The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, in cooperation with leaders from the Danzig Jewish community, managed to negotiate the complicated arrangements for the shipment of these precious objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America for safekeeping... The community stipulated that The Jewish Theological Seminary was to house the collection for a period of fifteen years; and if the Danzig Jewish community were to be reestablished before that time, the collection would be returned to the Free City. If, after fifteen years, there would be no safe and free Jews in Danzig, the collection would remain in America for the education and inspiration of the rest of the world... on August 31 [1939], the German army marched into Danzig... Over a period of years, through the cooperative efforts of many individuals and agencies, the Danzig objects have been intensively researched, and historical documents, including important photographs, have been dug out of dusty archives. The result of these combined efforts is the present exhibition, Danzig 1939: Treasures of a Destroyed Community. The Jewish Museum believes that this exhibition of the personal and communal objects of a single Jewish community brings us closer to those millions throughout Europe who died in the crematoria of concentration camps and whose possessions were appropriated by the Nazis." —Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson, Preface
Contents
  • Preface / Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson
  • What Shall We Tell Our Children? / Günter Grass
  • Danzig Jewry: A Short History / Gershon C. Bacon
  • The Danzig Treasures / Joseph Gutmann
  • Lesser Gieldzinski (1830–1910) / Elizabeth Cats
  • Catalogue of the Exhibition / Vivian B. Mann, Joseph Gutmann
Physical Description 141 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 28 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDetroit : Published by Wayne State University Press for the Jewish Museum, New York
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library