A Tale of Two Museums
Ester Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Collection

Opening of the Esther-Rachel Kaminska Museum

Newspaper announcement of open hours for the Ester-Rokhl Kaminska Theater Museum

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Newspaper announcement of open hours for the Ester-Rokhl Kaminska Theater Museum

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Opening of the Esther-Rachel Kaminska Museum

Description

During the shloshim following the death of Esther-Rachel Kaminska, her daughter Ida and her Ida's husband Zygmunt Turkov worked to create a museum in the apartment of the late actress. The shloshim (literally, thirty) are days of mourning reserved for the living to accomplish study and good deeds for the sake of the safe journey of the recently deceased. According to an article published in the Yiddish daily Der moment, besides the photographs, costumes, and other ephemera that was part of Esther-Rachel's personal collection, Ida and Zygmunt also collected additional items from fellow actors. The article also notes that in the middle of the room stood the bed on which Esther-Rachel had died. Placed on it was the bronze death mask that was made of her face before she was buried.

Above is the notice Ida and Zygmunt published in newspapers to attract visitors to the museum.

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“Opening of the Esther-Rachel Kaminska Museum,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed March 1, 2021, https://ataleoftwomuseums.yivo.org/items/show/2194.
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