Underwood typewriter with Cyrillic keys used by an emigre Jewish lawyer and politician
1940 May-1940 December (emigration)
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.
Consists of correspondence, identity paperwork, reports, notes, published material, documents, and photographs related to the personal and professional life of Jacob Robinson, a lawer, diplomat, and Holocaust researcher who emigrated to the United States from Lithuania in 1940. Includes material related to the Institute for Jewish Affairs, which Robinson co-created with his brother, Nehemiah Robinson; to the United Nations; to early reparations treaties; to the Eichmann trial; and to the Holocaust in public policy and international law.