May He Live, Zalman-Tuviyah Markovicius // the Rabbi of Antaliepte in Lithuania
After serving as the Rabbi in the small Lithuanian town of Inturke (Anturke), Rabbi Zalman-Tuviyah Markovicius (Markovitz) relocated to the town of Antaliepte, also in Lithuania. The community of Antaliepte was a small Jewish community, and though many of its Jewish residents left the village after the First World War there were still several hundred Jews living there throughout the interwar period. Though Antaliepte was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, the community fell under the control of the Nazis on June 26th, 1941, shortly after the Nazis began their invasion of the Soviet Union. Rabbi Zalman-Tuviyah Markowitz, together with his son Hayim-Shimshon Markowitz, was murdered by the Nazis in the Ninth Fort in Kaunas. This was his book stamp.
This book stamp is from a book looted by the Nazis and sorted by Colonel Seymour Pomrenze, one of “the Monuments Men,” at the Offenbach Archival Depot.
There are two scrapbooks of archival markings from the books sorted at the Offenbach Depot in the Seymour Pomrenze Collection held by the American Jewish Historical Society (Call number P-933) There is a finding aid for the collection here
The digitized scrapbooks are available here
For more information on this project check the Center’s blog: 16thstreet.tumblr.com/tagged/Offenbach-Depot
Dr. Mitch Fraas, Acting Director of the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Special Collections Center is working on a similar project for the German book stamps based on NARA microfilm of the volumes the American Jewish Historical Society currently holds. See viewshare.org/views/mfraas/offenbach-bookplates/
The Center for Jewish History would like to acknowledge the following: The American Jewish Historical Society, who graciously allowed the use of their archival materials and digital content; Mitch Fraas, Acting Director of the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Special Collections Center, for his data and technical assistance in this project; David Rosenberg, Senior Manager for Communications, and Melanie Meyers, Senior Reference Services Librarian for Special Collections, for managing and creating the digital map; as well as Reference Services Librarian Zachary Loeb and Reference Services Assistant Ilya Slavutskiy for their work on translating and mapping.
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