Saturday, May 14, 2011

From Poland to Sweden to Israel

Like the phoenix, this molded brass bird rose from the ashes; it found new life in Jerusalem.
The bird is atop an 18th century Chanuka menorah now safely displayed in the Jewish museum in Hechal Shlomo.
The shadow of the first menorah blends with the shadow of a second menorah, it too adorned with a bird.
They now join other bloggers' contributions to the meme "Shadow Shot Sunday."
These tall Hanuka lamps once graced the Tlomatzka Great Synagogue in Warsaw.
Before the synagogue was bombed and destroyed by the Germans in World War II, the congregation's rabbi managed to transfer the menorahs to an underground hiding place.
He then asked the Polish ambassador in Sweden to sell them for the highest possible price to get money to help Jews flee Warsaw.
Countess Margaret Waner-Green of Stockholm purchased them.
After the war she donated them to the Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem in commemoration of the Tlomatzka community and in honor of the hundreds of Jews whose lives were saved thanks to these Chanuka menorot.


The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Beautiful shadows with great history! Love this!

Quilt Works said...

What a beautiful menorah! And I love the intricate shadows making such a nice background for it.

Anonymous said...

I love especially the last shot where the menorah casts a double shadow! thanks for sharing and see you next week...
Beth P

Yaelian said...

Beautiful menorah as well as the story behind it:)

EG Wow said...

Exquisite shadow shots, Dina. Especially the third with the double shadow.

Kay said...

There is such a courageous, sad history attached to the menorot. I hope many Jews were saved.

Kay said...

I just reread your post. You did say hundreds of Jews were saved. Wow! That's amazing.

Kay L. Davies said...

What beautiful shadows and what a touching history, Dina. I always love to hear of the successes during that dreadful, dreadful time.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful shadows and menoras, think nr 3 is my favorite. I have a couple of menoras here in Norway:-)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I salute the brave rabbi of Warsaw. I imagine that he is walking with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob today.


A shadow’s a wonderful thing;
O listen! Can you hear it sing?
It tells of a time
Before there was crime—
Trust that and you’ll trust anything!

© 2010 Magical Mystical Teacher

Tree Healer

Jeanette said...

Beautiful Shadow Shots. The menorah is a beautiful piece in itself and it's shadow is so clearly cast on the wall.
Thanks for sharing!!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous, the second shot is very striking!

Shadows at my page, have a blessed Sunday!

JM said...

Gorgeous menorah, perhaps the most beautiful I've seen. Fantastic shadows too.