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Greif family papers

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    The collection documents the pre-war and post-war lives of Ignacy and Izi Greif (née Korn) of Romania. Included are pre-war photographs of the Greif and Korn families in Romania; post-war documents relating to Ignacy and Izi’s engineering education and careers in Romania; naturalization certificates of Ignacy and Izi; and writings of Ignacy’s relative Yehuda Hersch Stempler. Photographs include depictions of Ignacy’s high school classmates in Romania and Izi’s brother Hari.
    inclusive:  1925-2009
    bulk:  1925-1980
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claudia Greif
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claudia Greif and Vladimir Brandwajn
    Collection Creator
    Greif family
    Ignacy Greif (born Ignatz Michel Greif, 1920-2012) was born on 4 September 1920 in Kolomea, Poland (present-day Kolomyia, Ukraine) to Hersch Peretz Greif (1882-1965) and Chaia Itta Stempler (later Klara Stempler Greif, 1881-1946). Hersch and Klara married in Kolomea in 1910. Ignacy had one brother, Maximilian (1912-1980). In the early 1920s, the Greifs moved to Romania.

    Ignacy went to Bucharest, Romania in 1939 to study electro-mechanical engineering. In 1940 Jews were no longer allowed to attend school. From 1940-1944 he was a forced-laborer in Bucharest. Ignacy resumed his studies in 1945. He graduated in 1948 and married Izi Korn the same year. They had one daughter, Claudia. Both Ignacy and Izi worked as engineers. In 1973 the family immigrated to the United States, settling in San Francisco, California.

    Izi Greif (born Izi Korn, 1923-2008) was born on 6 May 1923 in Romancăuţi, Romania to Solomon (1899-1983) and Lea (née Koifman, 1897-1967) Korn. She had one brother, Hari Korn (1927-2010). Her family later moved to Piatra Neamț, Romania. She stopped attending high school in 1940 after Jews were no longer allowed to attend. She resumed her schooling in 1945, and studied engineering in Bucharest.

    Physical Details

    1 box
    4 oversize folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection has been arranged as two series: Series 1: Biographical material, 1952-2009; Series 2: Photographs, 1925-1978 and undated

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014 by Claudia Greif. An accretion to the collection was donated by Claudia Greif in 2016.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 13:44:41
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