Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Mezuzah

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous
Title
Mezuzah
Year
c. 1850- c. 1900
Size
l. 15,5 cm, Ø 2 cm
Inventorynumber
2061
Description

Yellow wooden cylinder case divided into five segments from the doorpost of Louis de Beer at Markt no. 23 in Culemborg, containing a parchment inscribed with biblical verses from Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, known as the Shema.

Category
Jewish ritual objects

Museum

Museum Elisabeth Weeshuis

Conclusion

This object was entrusted to the museum by Louis de Beer, shamash of the local synagogue, for safekeeping.

Explanation

In May 1940, Louis de Beer, the shamash (caretaker) of the synagogue in Culemborg, gave this mezuzah and a tefillin set (phylacteries), his personal property, to the Oudheidkamer, predecessor of Elisabeth Weeshuis. The previous museum curator states that they were brought for safekeeping. De Beer survived the war and lived in Culemborg until his death the 1960s. No record exists of the museum contacting De Beer to return the objects or to acquire them as a gift. The objects are mentioned in the Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948 report, Amsterdam, 1999.

Reconstruction origin

Before May 1940
Louis de Beer (collection), Culemborg

Museum inventory; Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948 report, Amsterdam, 1999

1940-05
Given to the museum for safekeeping by Louis de Beer

Museum inventory; Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948 report, Amsterdam, 1999

1940-05 <> present day
Museum Elisabeth Weeshuis