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Official circular rubber address stamp used by the director of the Vaad Hatzala Emergency Committee in postwar Germany

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Circular rubber stamp with a wooden handle used by Rabbi Nathan Baruch when he was the director of the Vaad Hatzala Rescue Organization in Germany from September 1946 - September 1949. Vaad Hatzala was originally established to rescue Polish rabbis and yeshiva students who escaped to Lithuania at the start of World War II in 1939. It expanded to include assistance to all Jews. Rabbi Baruch was responsible for the reestablishment of Jewish religious life in post war Europe. He supervised the creation and distribution of religious texts and items to displaced persons camps as well as to Jewish communities worldwide. Rabbi Baruch, working closely with the United States Army, was largely responsible for the printing of the 19 volume Heidelberg Talmud in 1949.

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  • Title: Official circular rubber address stamp used by the director of the Vaad Hatzala Emergency Committee in postwar Germany
  • Provenance: The rubber stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Doris Baruch, the widow of Nathan Baruch.
  • Subject Keywords: Allied occupation, Germany, 1945-1955. Jews--Germany--Charities. Reconstruction (1939-1951)--Religious aspects--Judaism. World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Germany. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
  • Type: Office Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Round rubber stamp attached to a light brown, turned, unfinished wooden handle with a 5 pointed star stamped in black ink near the tip. The flat topped handle tapers towards a square mount. Attached to the mount is a circular black rubber stamp die with raised English text. The agency name and address in German and English text is stamped on the mount.

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