4.25" long, 1.25" wide
Made in Poland
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.
In 1940, during the German Nazi Occupation of Poland, German authorities established a Jewish ghetto in Łowicz, in order to confine its Jewish population for the purpose of persecution and exploitation. The ghetto was liquidated in March 1941, when all its 8,000–8,200 inhabitants were transported in cattle trucks to Warsaw Ghetto. From there, most victims were sent to Treblinka extermination camp.
On 14th May 1940 an order was passed regarding the creation of a ghetto in Łowicz. Browarna Street was located within the boundaries of the ghetto. Documents in the archives of the Jewish Historic Institute state that during the war, Chaja and Josef Ettinger resettled from Łódź and Sara Rembielińska from Konstantynów as children and that they used Centos Soup Kitchen. Centos was the National Society for the Care of Orphans while living at 11, Browarna St. The Blau family – Josek and Hela with their parents Sumer and Mirel, who during the war resided at 11, Browanrna St. are noted on the list of refugees from Włocławek.
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: