A unique and mysterious remnant of Jewish life in Europe went on display in Jerusalem this week: It was donated to the museum by a collector who wished to remain anonymous, and no details of its provenance survive. Such plates were long a traditional feature of the tall uniform hats of Austro-Hungarian soldiers.
Experts have ascertained that the plate was made sometime before But the plates, which were expensive, remained in use long afterwards, according to curators, serving as part of ceremonial dress even after the Austro-Hungarian military abandoned the traditional finery of its uniforms and adopted drab modern-style caps and fatigues. The Austro-Hungarian occupation Let my love adorn you Conegliano during the war included Conegliano Veneto, home to a small Jewish community and an exquisite synagogue built in Among the imperial troops were members of a large Jewish detachment, some of whom were photographed in the synagogue shortly before the High Holidays in the fall of The last service ever known to have been Rich women affair fuck there was conducted that year by Jewish Austro-Hungarian Let my love adorn you Conegliano and their chaplain, Rabbi Harry Deutsch, on Yom Kippur.
The Austro-Hungarians were then decisively defeated nearby at the battle of Vittorio Veneto.
The Great War ended not long afterward, and with it the heterogeneous empire of the Hapsburgs. The victorious Italian army also included Jewish troops. The Jerusalem museum preserves uniforms, photographs, and an ornamental saber belonging to some of those soldiers, as well as postcards sent to and from the front during the Great War.
It is not clear if he was a Jewish soldier, or in what Let my love adorn you Conegliano the plate remained behind in Italy.
Perhaps it was meant to commemorate a time of bloodshed that ended in triumph, like the Maccabee campaign remembered on Hanukkah. After WWII, the Conegliano synagogue where the Austro-Hungarian troops had been photographed, with its Conegliabo woodwork and floral Torah ark curtain, was brought in its entirety to Jerusalem and re-assembled at the Museum of Italian Jewish Art.
Prayer services are held there weekly, and a Hanukkah party was held there on Monday. Find Matti Friedman on Twitter and Facebook.
The menorah was fashioned, apparently in Italy, from a plate that once adorned the hat of an Austro-Hungarian soldier Courtesy of the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art.
A figurine at the museum shows a traditional Austro-Hungarian uniform, including a hat with a brass front-plate Courtesy of the U.