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Mi Polin Bronze Mezuzah - WARSZAWA, UL. BRZESKA 18/7

Original price $310.00 - Original price $310.00
Original price
$310.00
$310.00 - $310.00
Current price $310.00
Cast Bronze

3.5" long, .75" wide

Made in Poland


Artisans Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek, of Mi Polin, travel across Poland to find traces of mezuzahs from the pre-war homes of the country's millions of vanished Jews. They then cast these traces in bronze, with the address of the trace engraved on the size of the mezuzah. Behind each cast mezuzah is a slot for inserting a scroll. When you affix the mezuzah to your doorframe, you fill the emptiness and give it a second life. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present. Kosher scroll is not included.

The Story Behind this Mezuzah

The tenement was built by Menachem Rothlevi in 1914. There were apartments, shops and businesses, including a bakery, a sewing school for girls, a butchers shop, and a hairdresser. In the 1930s all residents of the tenement were Jewish. When Menachem Rothlevi died, the building was purchased by Shlama and Fajga Szymanowicz, manufacturers of Christmas decorations. In 1940 the building was sold to Konstanty Waleruk. When World War II ended, a decree from Bolesław Beirut (Polish Communist leader and a hard-line Stalinist who became President of Poland) denied his ownership and the building was nationalized - resulting in years of neglect and the building falling into disrepair. 100 years later, it will get a new life. It is being restored to its original architectural grandeur by the Magmillon Company, and the former tenement will be teeming with life again.

Bronze mezuzah based on mezuzah trace found in Apartment 7. Before the War the Jewish Family of Menachem Rothlewi lived in this flat. Despite how many years have passed, there are still 2 more traces of mezuzahs left. Because the renovation started, MI POLIN, assisted by Magmillon, carefully saved all doorposts with mezuzah traces. One doorpost with a mezuzah trace was donated to Jewish Historical Institute from Warsaw. Five of them will be exhibited in a renovated tenement. The doorpost from Apartment 7 is exhibited in MI POLIN Warsaw office.