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Byline: Joseph A. Slobodzian
PHILADELPHIA _ For most of his life, whenever Peter H. Schweitzer browsed flea markets and antique shops, he would pause lovingly over stuff others ignored.
They were tchotchkes _ Yiddish for bric-a-brac _ nothing more.
But to Schweitzer they were tiny milestones of Jewish American history, symbols of transformation from immigrants to citizens, players in U.S. society.
Thursday night, Schweitzer, a 52-year-old New York social worker and rabbi, formally handed over his collection _ 10,000 items accumulated over a quarter-century _ to its new home: the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall.
Gwen Goodman, executive director of the Philadelphia museum, called the Schweitzer collection a rarity and said "these …