Rabbi installs prayer shawl at new IWM Holocaust gallery

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Rabbi installs prayer shawl at new IWM Holocaust gallery

Rabbi Nicky Liss helped to install the tallit with curators where it will form part of the Imperial War Museum's new £30m Holocaust gallery.

  • Rabbi Nicky Liss with the prayer shawl which museum officials asked him to help install
    Rabbi Nicky Liss with the prayer shawl which museum officials asked him to help install

A rabbi helped to install a prayer shawl at the Imperial War Museum ahead of its new Holocaust gallery opening next week.

Rabbi Nicky Liss, a rabbi at Highgate Synagogue, installed the tallit alongside specialist conservators at the museum, including a textiles expert.

The Museum asked the rabbi for his help with installing the important artefact because of its religious significance.

The shawl is accompanied with a quote from schoolboy Klaus Langer in November 1938, about  the Kristallnacht pogrom.

“I walked on glass splinters … the desk was turned over, drawers and windows were broken and the radio was smashed,” recalled Klaus.

Spanning two floors the £30.7 million project sees IWM London become the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries under the same roof.

It opens to the public on 20 October.

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