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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Torah mantle

Artist/ Creator
Women and Girls of Culemborg Jewish Community
Title
Torah mantle
Year
1887
Technique
Textile
Size
h. 87 cm x b. 28 cm x d. 20 cm
Inventorynumber
2067
Description

Beige yellow mantle to cover a Torah scroll, trimmed above and below with a fringe and embroidered at the front in gold thread with a crown and a Hebrew text surrounded by foliage stating that the mantle was made by the women and girls of Culemborg Jewish community in 1887.

Category
Jewish ritual objects

Museum

Museum Elisabeth Weeshuis

Conclusion

This Torah mantle was entrusted with the museum for safekeeping by Louis de Beer, the shamash (caretaker) of the local synagogue; the mantle belonged to Culemborg Jewish community.

Explanation

In May 1940, Louis de Beer, the shamash (caretaker) of the synagogue in Culemborg, gave this Torah mantle together with other ritual objects 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. Culemborg Jewish community was dissolved in 1947. 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
Jewish community (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