ZABKOWSKA 12 St.
Bronze Mezuzah from Warsaw. This mezuzah is a bronze cast of imprint of the mezuzah trace found at the old tenement at Zabkowska Street in Warsaw. We created a new mezuzah out of bronze to make the history tangible. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present. MI POLIN – contemporary judaica brand from Poland.
7,08” long / 1,75” wide
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The trace of mezuzah
new mezuzah - bronze cast of the trace
The story hidden behind
The building at 12 Ząbkowska Street in Warsaw was built in the 1880s on the premises of Zysio Jurman. During the interwar period, it belonged to M. Hirszbein who placed the figurine of the Virgin Mary in the house’s facade. It may seem quite unusual because the residents were mainly Jews. Before World War II, Rozen’s bakery operated here. In 1926 there was also a prayer house in the building.
Krzysztof Bielawski (sztetl.org.pl) interviewed mr. Chaim Hochman, who before War lived on 6 Ząbkowska Street in Warsaw, next building to Ząbkowska 12. He recalls an everyday life of Ząbkowska from before the World War II. KB: Do you know anothing about the tenement at 12 Ząbkowska? CH: There had been a bakery in this building. I lived on 6 Ząbkowska Street until I was 18. I learned in Jewish school. I spoke Polish fluently. KB: Were there many Jews living on Ząbkowska street? Many, but there was no antisemitism. KB: What happened after the War? During the War I was in the Red Army. When the War ended I came back to Warsaw looking for my family. Later I escaped to Germany with my wife Elen Flumenbaum, a prisoner of Auschwitz concentration camp. We went to France.
Pssss! We spot a mezuzah trace at this tenement! The Haaretz called us the mezuzah traces hunters. So far, we have found more than 160 mezuzah traces. We cast them in bronze to create new mezuzahs. MI POLIN – contemporary judaica. We make history tangible. Created by Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek in Warsaw, Poland.