Textile

These burial garments were made by a bride for her husband and herself after a local tradition

The maker of these garments, Melanie Cahen Levy, was born in Luxembourg in 1884. In 1911 she married Daniel Levy, a baker from the nearby town of Bollendorf, Germany.

This is the wimpel of Joseph Wile, one of nine wimpels of the Wile family in the Spertus collection

A wimpel is a Torah binder formed from cloth wrapped around a male infant during the circumcision ceremony. The cloth is cut into four parts and stitched together to create one long banner.

This prisoner's uniform from Auschwitz is a tragic reminder of the cruelty and inhumanity of the Nazi concentration camps, where prisoners who were not immediately murdered endured the most extreme suffering and humiliation.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the death site of approximately 1.1 million people.