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Lot 128: Collection of Photographs and Documents - Jewish Congregation in China - Tianjin and Harbin, 1920s-1930s

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

November 15, 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Collection of Photographs and Documents - Jewish Congregation in China - Tianjin and Harbin, 1920s-1930s
  • Collection of Photographs and Documents - Jewish Congregation in China - Tianjin and Harbin, 1920s-1930s
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Description: Extensive collection of photographs and documents which record the life of the Jewish congregation in China; most of them are from Tianjin and Harbin, from the 1920s-30s. Russian; some German, English, Chinese and Hebrew. Interesting collection which includes group photographs, some in large format, of members of various Jewish organizations and institutes (Culture club "Kunst", synagogue in Tianjin, "Maccabi" movement and more) as well as personal documents of Jews, residents of China. 1. Photographs and documents from Tianjin: · 23 photographs, among them: two group photographs - Purim festivities in the city, 1920-1922; Group photograph of young boys, pupils in a Tianjin school, after a sports competition; Group photographs of teachers and pupils in the Jewish school in Tianjin, 1931-1939 (one photograph was taken on the stage of the Jewish club "Kunst", during a play for Purim); photographs of "Kunst" club members (group photograph from 1935, portrait photograph of one of the board's members, group photograph of the club board members from 1937 - a photo montage incorporating portraits and illustrations); a group photograph from the day of the Tianjin Synagogue inauguration, 1938 (two copies); a group photograph depicting the opening of a Jewish hospital in the city; photographs of "Financial & Building Committees of T.H.A. Synagogue" [1940], (two copies), and more. · Printed leaf with drawing of the synagogue in Tianjin - signed: J.J. Levitin Architect". · Seal of the Tianjin Jewish congregation - Star of David surrounded by the inscription "The Tientsin Hebrew Association". · Two printed Ketubot (published by "H. Jacobson M. Goldberg Warsaw") with details filled out by hand, for wedding ceremonies held in Tianjin in 1929-1930. 2. Photographs and Documents from Harbin: · Certificates and personal documents of Wolf Dubinsky from Harbin. Printed documents (with additions and signatures by hand) on behalf of the German "Red Cross" in Siberia, written in German. 1920-1921; and other documents. · Collection of photographs and personal documents of Leopold Brunschtein, commander of the cavalry in the Russian Army, a groom, director and guide in the Harbin riding club, considered the most senior expert in the field of riding and taking care of horses in Harbin and in the Far East in general. Among the items: photographs on horseback, certificate of authorization from the years 1945-1950 which served him, most possibly, in his attempts to find work after his immigration to Israel; several documents in Chinese. · Large portrait-photograph of Rabbi Aharon Moshe Kisilov (1866-1949), a Lyubavitsh Hassid and disciple of the "Gadol of Minsk" and Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik; chief rabbi of Harbin and Jewish congregations in the Far East. · Large group photograph portraying, among others, Rabbi Kisilov. · Four certificates granted to a competitor in various sports competitions in Harbin, 1924-1927. Three of them are from "Maccabi" movement. Fine printed certificates, in large format, with details filled out in handwriting (Russian). · Fifty embroidered cloth-badges of "Maccabi". 3. Additional Documents and Photographs from China: · Photographs from Shanghai (group photographs of the Jewish Hospital in the city. Doctors and nurses in the hospital, "Bnei Brit" organization, and more). · Certificate of Residence on behalf of Tianjin municipality. · Two large group photographs - students and committee members of Skidelsky "Talmud Torah". · Notebook for registering marriage of Jewish couples in Tianjin, with handwritten inscriptions (Russian) from the years 1922-1938, and a notebook for registration of people who converted, with records from the years 1935-1951.· and more. Lot of approx. 200 items, including about 85 photographs. Size and condition vary. Condition fair to good. Tears to some of the items (some tears are rough), dampstains and other damages.

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