Hanukkah commercialized

Gifts are not traditionally given on Hanukkah. Nevertheless, a small industry has started to develop Hanukkah products. No wonder that some objects in our collection are blue-white-plushy – and “made in China” …

The picture shows a doll made of skin-colored plush velvet. The figure is wearing a sleeveless, knee-length blue cotton tunic, which is girded and knotted at the waist with a violet ribbon.

Judah Maccabee rag doll JUDAH MACCABEE / The Hanukkah Hero!;  Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe


Hanukkah Dog Toy – Blue Magen David made of plush; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe


The picture shows a royal blue dreidel made of plush, which shows the white embroidered letter NUN.

Hanukkah Dog Toy: Plush Dreidel; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe


The picture shows the four colorful Hanukkah puppets, attached to a cardboard box, with the inscription "Chanukah Finger Puppets".

Hanukkah Toy – Four Finger Puppets: Hanukkah Coin, Burning Hanukkah Candle, Dreidel and Hanukkah menorah; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Comment by George Persyn on 4. December 2018 at 05:32

Would like to know how much is the Judah Maccabee doll as shown worth

Comment by Mirjam Bitter on 17. December 2018 at 10:16

Dear George Persyn,
unfortunately, we don’t know the price of the doll. Maybe you will find it yourself on the internet.
The doll has been part of the collection of our museum for some time. It was embedded in the showcase on the children’s island in the old permanent exhibition. Here, the children could learn the Hanukkah story through hands-on objects.
Greetings from the online editors

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