Kinyan for wedding ring, Lodz Ghetto
Gift of Elizabeth, Gail, and Sandy Peters
Id no. 1999.A.617, Judaica, Yiddish
This kinyan, or acquisition contract, allowed the transfer of a wedding ring from Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, head of Lodz Ghetto Judenrat (Jewish Council), to Juda Putersznyt on January 23, 1944. The text, written in Hebrew, states: ?herewith you are a recipient and I give this to you as a gift.?

A kinyan is the symbolic transfer of something of value to seal a contract or binding agreement. In order for any transaction to be legal under Jewish law, a kinyan must be made.

Marriage reflects an attempt to sustain normal life in the ghetto and symbolizes the couple's hope for the future.

Discover more about this artifact and other stories from the Museum?s collection in, ?To Life: 36 Stories of Memory and Hope?
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