The 614th Commandment - PhMuseum

The 614th Commandment

Melissa Taub

2014 - Ongoing

New York, United States

Most Holocaust survivors do not have any possessions from their former lives because as a rule, the Nazis confiscated all of the Jews’ property. Some survivors were lucky enough to recover items from their vanished beginnings. After the war, all were forced to start over, building new lives for themselves while searching for remnants of their past. Survivors have constant reminders of their losses, sometimes in the form of physical objects. My grandmother had only one tangible link to her past life, a photograph of one of her sisters. The remainder of her lost world existed in her grieving mind. Now survivors’ homes are filled with all their accumulated belongings, telling their stories. As the number of living survivors dwindle, it is extremely crucial to document their history. I rely on these objects to act as physical memories of the past. As time progresses, these stories must be passed down from generation to generation. We cannot let these memories die along with the witnesses.

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  • Mila Bachner, born 1926 in Chrzanów, Poland

  • Ivan Gabor, born 1934 in Transylvania

  • Rene Slotkin, born 1937 in Teplice Šanov, Czechoslovakia

  • Mira Binford, born 1938 in Będzin, Poland

  • Joe Gosler, born 1942 in Groningen, Holland

  • Dora Reym, born 1915 in Wyszków, Poland

  • Rosa Sirota, born 1934 in Lwów, Poland

  • Frederick Terna, born 1923 in Vienna, Austria

  • Vera and George Goldman, born 1933 and 1925 in Budapest, Hungary

  • Frederick Terna, born 1923 in Vienna, Austria

  • Mila Bachner, born 1926 in Chrzanów, Poland

  • Sami Steigmann, born 1939 in Czernowitz, Romania

  • Hanna Slome, born 1925 in Moravská Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

  • Hanna Slome, born 1925 in Moravská Ostrava, Czechoslovakia


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