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    Consists of photographs and correspondence documenting the travels of David and Lena (Liza) Kurtz in Europe in the summers of 1937 and 1938, including trips to Lena's hometown of Berezne, Poland, in 1937, and to David's hometown of Nasielsk, Poland, in 1938. Includes still photographs taken of both trips and correspondence sent to the Kurtz's daughter Shirley.
    inclusive:  1937-1938
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Glenn Kurtz
    Collection Creator
    David Kurtz
    David Kurtz was born on December 2, 1888, to Hyman (Hermann) and Leah Kurtz in Nasielsk, Poland. Leah and David immigrated to the United States in October 1892 and joined Hyman, who had immigrated previously. David married Lena (Liza) Saltzman--who also immigrated to New York from Berezne, Poland as a child--on August 18, 1912. He founded the American Blouse Company in the 1920s, later named the David Kurtz Shirt Company. The couple had three children: Jerrold (b.1919), Milton (b. 1925), and Shirley (b. 1921). On July 23, 1938, David and Lena Kurtz traveled from New York to Europe on the Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland-America Line). With three friends--Louis and Lillian Malina, and Louis's sister Essie Malina Diamond--they traveled through England, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. While in Germany, the travelers took a side trip to Poland, where David Kurtz shot video footage of Nasielsk, Poland. They returned to the United States in early September 1938. David Kurtz died in 1958, and Lena Kurtz died in 1983 at age 95.

    Physical Details

    Photographs. Letters.
    2 folders

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    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

    Personal Name
    Kurtz, David. Kurtz, Lena.

    Administrative Notes

    This collection was donated by Glenn Kurtz and Dana Kurtz, the grandchildren of David and Lena (Liza) Kurtz.
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