SZCZEBRZESZYN, UL. ZWIERZYNIECKA 3
6,69” long / 1,75” wide
The trace of mezuzah
new mezuzah - bronze cast of the trace
The story hidden behind
The Zylberman family lived in Szczebrzeszyn beginning in the mid-1800s. Tobias Silberman, a grand father of Eric Silberman was born in 1904. The house that the bronze cast comes from was built by his father, a grand grand father of Eric – Abram Shlomo, a tailor, in the late 1920s. By that time, Tobias, also a tailor, was living with his wife in Zamość.
Tobias Silberman in 1940 was arrested by the Germans and was made to perform forced labor. By the end of the War he had been in 6 different Nazi German death camps. He survived the War by jumping our from a train. After the War, it made emigration to Israel impossible for him. Instead, from Poland he traveled to Germany and later to America, where he began a new life. He continued working as a tailor until his death in 1996 at the age of 92. He never told his family of his experiences during the war. Only after his death were they discovered, thanks to his cousin who still lives in Israel.
The Silbermans ordered a bronze mezuzah based on a trace of mezuzah found in Szczebrzeszyn. Mezuzahs is affixed at main doorframe at their family home in Chicago