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For Purim – a special Mishloach Manot received by Lodz ghetto Chairman Chaim Rumkowski for the holiday

Megillat Esther transcribed in calligraphic microwriting by Mendel Kott
Megillat Esther transcribed in calligraphic microwriting by Mendel Kott

For Purim in 1941 or 1942, a Jewish artist named Mendel Kott sent to the Lodz ghetto’s “Council of Elders” chairman Chaim Rumkowski an extraordinary gift for the holiday custom of Mishloach Manot (“sending portions”): the text of the Scroll of Esther handwritten in microcalligraphy on a postcard. Kott, who before the war lived in Kalisz, Poland. Kott and Rumkowski were among the Lodz ghetto Jews who perished in the Auschwitz camp.

 

 

 

 

                             The envelope

 

In an attached cover letter, Kott wrote:

“To the honored Leader, Mr. Chaim N.I. Rumkowski,

“It is my desire to perform the mitzvah of “sending portions, each person to his fellow,” and as at this time, to my heart’s sorrow, I cannot obtain precious objects to send, therefore I send something most precious to me: this is Megillat Esther written on two parts of a postcard. I am sure that the Leader will understand me and will accept my Mishloach Manot.

“With great respect,

“Kott Mendel

“Balut. Ring 4/5”

 

 

The cover letter

 

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