Prayer shawl : Sewn : Blue, White ; Ht: 25,5 in. x W: 67 in.
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[Prior to 1939]
Horizontal blue stripes and tassels on either end. Narrative: This prayer shawl was used in Roy street synagogue in Montreal before the war by Harry Cohen. Harry Cohen was born in Poland and had immigrated to Montreal. In the summer of 1939, he returned to Poland to take care of family affairs (presumably following his mother's death) leaving his four children behind. His wife had already passed away. The war broke out and Harry was unable to leave Poland. He was hiding with a Christian family but was finally deported to Auschwitz. He was presumably killed in Auschwitz, which would make him the only Canadian citizen known to have been murdered in the camp. The prayer shawl was returned to Harry Cohen's children in Septembe or October 1945 by a Polish woman who claimed to have hidden Harry before his deportation.along the shwal were also sent Harry's prayer book and unsigned traveller’s cheques.