Vanished World

Yiddish writer Avraham Sutzkever, pictured with friends in Vilna in 1934. Yiddish writer Avraham Sutzkever, pictured with friends in Vilna in 1934. Source: JHC, courtesy of Fryda Edelman

European Jewry before the Second World War was culturally rich and diverse.

Adi-hammerman-barmitzvah

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Barmitzvah Certificate
Berlin, Germany, 1934

In 1934 Adi (Michael) Hammerman celebrated his barmitzvah, the coming-of-age ritual for Jewish males. He escaped Germany in 1938 and came to Australia.

Source: JHC, courtesy of Pauline Rockman and Sandra Jedwab