The Hirsch familyThe Hirsch family

Tallit (prayer shawl)Tallit (prayer shawl)

The braidsThe braids

Before the Hirsch family of Tîrgu Mures, Transylvania, was deported to Auschwitz, Mrs Hirsch cut off the braids of her 12-year-old daughter, Lili, put them in a velvet tallit (prayer shawl) bag, and gave them to a neighbor for safe-keeping. After the war only Mr Hirsch and his son Itzchak returned; Lili and her mother had perished.

The braids (as seen below) that were in the tallit bag are the sole remaining mementos of the prewar period.