Lot 153: Non-Traditional Haggadah - Holocaust Period - Europe, 1943
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Haggadah, "Sier Company". Place of printing not mentioned [Holland?], Nissan 5703 [April 1943]. German and some Hebrew. Non traditional Haggadah. Stenciled typewritten text, with illustrations. This Haggadah was, most probably, printed clandestinely, in Europe, during World War II. The text and illustrations express the distressful life in Europe and more so the aspiration to reach Eretz Israel: on the page preceding the title page appears the word "Geula!" (Hebrew: freedom); on page 4 appears in very large letters "LeShana Haba'a BeYerushalayim" (next year in Jerusalem); on page  are verses from the song "Techezakna", and the inscription "Aliya!" within a shining sun. In contrast: on the title page - illustration of handcuffed arms and a hand flying the flag of Israel; on pages [13-14] - a long picturesque text depicting a pogrom against Jews in Poland and life in the Ghetto, in hiding, killing, robbery, deportation and disappearance of relatives; and on page , under the title "vehigadeta lebincha bayom hahu" (and you shall tell your son on that day) appears an ideological text, about how "we survived life in exile only because of our strong faith that we shall be free again and while this period is atrocious we have to repent all our mistakes. While our pioneers fought and overcame all obstacles with blood and tears, we wasted our lives negligibly. Today we swear to repair whatever there is left to repair ". A dedication is printed on the first page: "Chawer Schuschu Simon, Deinem Andenken ist, diese Hagadah gewidmet" [this Haggadah is dedicated to the memory of Schuschu Simon]. "Schuschu" (Shushu) was the nickname of Joachim Simon (1919-1943), a German Jew born in Berlin, who together with his wife and with the aid of the Dutch underground, smuggled Jews out of Holland during the holocaust. Schuschu was caught in action in southern Holland in January 1943 and committed suicide in prison. We have not been successful in discovering what "Sier company" was and on behalf of whom this Haggadah was printed, but the contents might imply that it was printed by some underground group active in Europe during the war and it is probable that it was related to the pioneers' underground in Holland.  leaves (irregular pagination), 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Worming to lower margins throughout all the leaves. Stains. Some tears and wear. New cardboard and cloth binding. Bibliographically unknown.