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Nina Merrick papers

Document | Accession Number: 1988.70.3

The Nina Merrick papers consist of biographical materials, a diary, correspondence, photographs, and printed materials documenting Nina Merrick from Rokitno, Poland, her escape from the Borisov ghetto, postwar life at the Eschwege displaced persons camp, immigration to the United States, and American acculturation.
Biographical materials include Merrick’s diary, an UNRRA meal ticket for transients, an embarkation card for Merrick’s immigration, and a school essay about her first impressions of the United States. The diary consists of eight hand‐stitched pages in Yiddish recounting her escape from the Borisov ghetto in 1942. She wrote the diary in 1945 at the displaced persons camp in Eschwege, Germany.
Correspondence includes a 1946 telegram about Merrick’s efforts to immigrate to the United States and a 1949 letter about Merrick’s award‐winning essay on immigrants.
Photographs depict the SS Ernie Pyle, a school bazaar, piles of corpses presumably at a concentration camp, Nina at a children’s house in Feldbach, a young man named Shemon in Cyprus, a group of young people at the Eschwege displaced persons camp, and a children’s procession in Eschwege.
Printed materials include a copy of Merrick’s high school’s literary magazine, The Review, including a copy of her award‐winning essay “The Contributions of Our Immigrants,” and three clippings about children immigrating to the United States, Merrick, and her American education.

inclusive:  1945-1949
6 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nina Schuster Merrick
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Leon and Nina S. Merrick family
Record last modified: 2023-04-11 09:25:28
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