'Each one of them represents a child.' Great Neck man finds symbolic meanings in his 4,000 dreidels
A Great Neck man has a collection of 4,000 dreidels.
Arthur Kurzweil, 70, discovered his first tiny dreidel in 2015 when visiting a street fair in Warsaw.
"In one of the booths, I saw this strange piece of metal, and I picked up and I saw it was a tiny dreidel," Kurzweil says. "And I learned at that point these dreidels are found by people who do metal detecting."
He was introduced to people with metal detectors and since then he's been collecting dreidels excavated by people from across Eastern Europe.
Kurzweil, an author, says he appreciates a compelling story and that's what he sees when he looks at each of the 4,000 dreidels.
"Each one of them represents a child, a child who was probably killed during the Holocaust, but none the less, a child who probably played with this dreidel at some point," Kurzweil says.
He says they are very emotion for him, and he wants to make sure they are saved because of their symbolic meaning.
Kurzweil says he wonders if any museum would take the dreidels someday.