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    The Salpeter family collection consists of biographical and genealogical information regarding the Salpeter family of Düsseldorf, Germany. The collection includes correspondence, dated 1937-1942, sent between the Salpeter family in Germany and Poland, and Klara Salpeter, who had immigrated to the United States in 1938. Photographs of the Salpeter family include candid and studio portraits of Oskar Salpeter, Brunhilde Salpeter, Klara Salpeter, Rieka Salpeter, Dorothea Salpeter, and Charlotte Salpeter. All members of the Salpeter family, except Klara Salpeter, perished in the Holocaust.
    inclusive:  circa 1930-1983
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claire Salpeter Greenwald
    Collection Creator
    Salpeter family
    Ojser Salpeter (Oskar, b. 1884) was born on January 20, 1884 in Radomyśl, Poland (present-day Ukraine). Brunhilde Salpeter (Bronia/Breindl, née Issler, b. 1891) was born on April 28, 1891 in Radomyśl. Oskar and Brunhilde Salpeter married in Dortmund, Germany on August 26, 1919. They moved to Düsseldorf, Germany where their four daughters were born: Klara Salpeter (May 30, 1923- ), Rieka Salpeter (Rika, November 8, 1925- ), Dorothea Salpeter (Dora, February 24, 1928- ), and Charlotte Salpeter (Lotte, April 8, 1930- ). In 1938, Klara Salpeter immigrated to the United States. On October 29, 1938, the Salpeter family was forced out of Germany into Poland, along with thousands of other Polish Jews. The family was forced to travel from town to town including Poznań, Tarnów, and Mielec. Klara Salpeter last heard from her family in late 1941. They are presumed to have perished in either Belzec or Auschwitz concentration camp.

    Physical Details

    German English Polish
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The Salpeter family collection is arranged in three series.

    Series 1: Biographical materials, 1939, 1958-1983
    Series 2: Correspondence, 1937-1942, undated
    Series 3: Photographs, circa 1930s

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of these material(s). The Museum does not own the copyright for the material and does not have authority to authorize use. For permission, please contact the rights holder(s).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Germany. Poland.

    Administrative Notes

    Claire Salpeter Greenwald donated the Salpeter family collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-04-11 11:20:45
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