Lublin Mezuzah by Mi Polin

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    This mezuzah is part of a series from Mi Polin titled "Mezuzah from this house." Before World War II, Poland had 3.5 million Jewish inhabitants as well a few million mezuzot. Almost all of the Jews and their mezuzot perished during the war, with only traces and empty holes remaining today in the place of mezuzahs. "Mezuzah from this house" is a bronze cast of what is left behind and commemorates the Jewish lives of pre-war Poland. Each mezuzah has an engraved letter Shin and the address where the trace was found on the side. After sitting untouched for many years, these mezuzot can now fulfill their holy function again.
     
    The trace for this mezuzah was found on a building lived in by Róża Fiszman- Sznajdman, an author of “My Lublin”. She was born in Lublin in 1913. In her book she describes the building at Lubartowska 47 and its residents: “The tenement consisted of four different buildings, that surrounded dirty backyard. There was a toilet in the middle of this yard. In the house used to live mostly poor people. They had always problems with earning money.” Róża Fiszman- Sznajdman in 1946 left Poland and moved to Sweden. Róża Fiszman-Sznajdman lived in the apartment on the IV floor. She wrote about flat number 14, where the trace of mezuzah was found: “The big apartment on II floor was occupied by Grynberg family, it was a large family. The Grynbergs had 4 sons and 2 daughters. The youngest daughter was a friend of mine. We learned together in the same class. I used to visit her in her flat very often. I saw terrible poverty. Mr. Grynberg tried to earn money as a seller but every time he failed. The youngest son Abram graduated from the lower secondary school. He was quite smart. He did not have friends because of the scrofula illness. Children didn’t want to play with him.The older daughter had tuberculosis”. The postwar fate of the Grynbergs is not known. The first owner of the tenement building at Lubartowska 21 was Wolf Cukierfajn. With 78 apartments over 4 floors, the building was home to numerous families before the war. In 1940 there were 341 Jewish residents and 10 gentiles. The house featured a sewage system and gas lighting.
     
    Kosher mezuzah scroll sold separately.
     
    Bronze
    8-3/4"l x 1-7/8"w x 3/4"h
     

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