Underwood typewriter with Cyrillic keys used by an emigre Jewish lawyer and politician
emigration: 1940 May-1940 December
Office Equipment and Supplies
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Karin Sibrava-Cherches
Underwood cast iron typewriter Model No. 5(E) with a Cyrillic keyboard brought by Dr. Jokubas (later Jacob) Robinson when he and his family left Kaunas, Lithuania, in May 1940 for the United States. It was manufactured in the US, it had a No.46 to mark it for a foreign market. Jokubas, a lawyer and politician, was a defender of Jewish interests throughout Europe. In September 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland. Robinson was deeply involved in integrating the large Jewish refugee population in Lithuania. In December 1940, Jokubas, his wife Klara, daughters Athalie and Vita, and his brother Nehemiah finally arrived in New York City. In February 1941, Jacob founded the Institute of Jewish Affairs and continued to advocate for the Jewish community worldwide.
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Also in Jacob and Nehemiah Robinson collection
The collection consists of a typewriter, correspondence, documents, identity paperwork, notes, photographs, and published material related to the experiences of Jacob and Nehemiah Robinson and their family before the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and Lithuania and during and after the Holocaust in Lithuania and the United States, where they emigrated in 1940.
The Jacob Robinson papers include personal and professional papers created and collected by Dr. Jacob Robinson, mainly as part of his work at the Institute for Jewish Affairs in New York City during and after World War II. The collection largely relates to legal and academic discussions about the Holocaust, war crimes trials, and reparations. The personal photographs are largely pre-war photographs of the Robinson family in Lithuania during the 1920s and 1930s, with a few wartime and post-war snapshots and professional portraits. The personal papers consist of some educational documents and employment papers—as well as passports and identity papers for the Robinson family and for Luba Stone, Jacob Robinson’s secretary who immigrated with the family—but mainly condolence letters from prominent figures and personal friends after the deaths of Vita Robinson (1955) and Nehemiah Robinson (1964). The professional papers largely relate to Jacob Robinson’s academic work generated for distribution and publication, rather than a large amount of correspondence. The papers include collected clippings, reports, bibliographies, and publication drafts on a wide array of topics related to the Holocaust and to Judaism.