Artifact of the Month for December 2017

Prayer books 
Herschel Hermann Rabinowitz (1891 – 1942) 

Herschel Hermann Rabinowitz was born on October 30, 1891 in Raigrod, Poland, as the youngest son of Chaia Rosa and Isak Levy Rabinowitz. Herschel came to Norway in 1914 at the request of his older brother, Moritz Rabinowitz (born 1887), who had settled in Stavanger five years earlier. Herschel eventually moved to Bergen, where he established himself as a merchant.
In 1924 he married Rosa Goldberg (born 1894 in Landsberg). She was the younger sister of Moritz's wife Johanna (1892-1939). Rosa died already in 1934, and is buried on the Jewish cemetery at Helsfyr in Oslo. Herschel and Rosa had no children.

Herschel Rabinowitz was arrested on the 26th of October 1942 and transported to Berg prison camp outside Tønsberg. A month later, he was deported with the ship Donau to Stettin, and from there to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Herschel was killed on December 22, 1942.

The prayer books for Pesach and Shavuot have belonged to Herschels father in law, Eduard Goldberg (1852-1922) who was the cantor for the synagogue church in Berlin-Lichtenberg. After Eduard's death, Herschel inherited the books. They are a gift to the museum from Torleif Elgvin and Gunnar Haaland.
Photo: Herschel Rabinowitz, ca. 1938
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