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Personalized desk set on a marble base used by the director of the Vaad Hatzala Emergency Committee in postwar Germany

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Desk set with penholders and plaque 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 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: Personalized desk set on a marble base used by the director of the Vaad Hatzala Emergency Committee in postwar Germany
  • Provenance: The desk set 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: Rectangular, gray and white marble base with green felt adhered to the bottom. There are 2 funnel shaped pen holders attached to metal swivel mounts in the upper corners. The holders are obstructed by a protruding, threaded stem. In the center of the base is a brass plaque with engraved English text.

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