Mi Polin Bronze Mezuzah - WARSZAWA, UL. WALICÓW 14
This mezuzah is a part of the Mi Polin "Mezuzah From This Home" project. This project commemorates the Jewish life of pre-war Poland by taking mezuzah casts from the door frames of once Jewish homes. They symbolize the emptiness of now vacant homes, the remembrance of those who lived there, and the reclaiming of the mezuzah, which for years remained empty but now can fulfill its role in Judaica at home.
Each mezuzah is cast in bronze with a Shin and the area which it was cast from engraved on the side. It also has an open space in the back for a scroll. The kosher scroll is not included.
Many distinguished persons lived in the tenement house at 14, Waliców St before WW II . One of them was Dawid Szulman, a lawyer who during the war was a member of the Jewish Military Union. As a lawyer he judged traitors and Jewish members of Gestapo – SS and Wehrmacht collaborators. Together with Berł Braudo and Sara Granatsztejn he executed a death penalty on the director of the Judenrat economic department, Izrael Firszt, for collaborating with the Germans. All three of them were killed in the Holocaust.
Mi Polin means “from Poland” in Hebrew. Mi Polin is the first brand that designs and produces Judaica in Poland since the end of World War II, the Holocaust, and 45 years of communism. Mi Polin is a contemporary design studio specializing in Jewish objects, branding for Jewish institutions, and graphic design. Their design refers to "hiddur micva", which demands that ritual artifacts be beautiful, but also emphasizes their multi-faceted nature. Mi Polin was founded by Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek.
Learn more about the "Mezuzah from the Home" project here: