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Also in Olga Klein Astrachan collection
The Olga Klein Astrachan collection consists of twenty eight gouache paintings as well as biographical and photographic materials and personal narratives documenting Russian-born Olga Klein Astrachan and her family’s survival in France during the Holocaust. The papers also include postcards from her husband’s relatives confined to the Otwock ghetto and printed materials documenting German-occupied France and French collaboration.
Date: approximately 1910-1998
The Olga Klein Astrachan papers consist of original and photocopied biographical and photographic materials and personal narratives documenting Russian‐born Olga Klein Astrachan and her family’s survival in France during the Holocaust. The papers also include postcards from her husband’s relatives confined to the Otwock ghetto and printed materials documenting German‐occupied France and French collaboration. Biographical materials include identification and registration papers for the Astrachan and Klein families in France, receipts documenting efforts to send help to Astrachan family members in the Otwock ghetto, and a letter documenting Olga Klein Astrachan’s work for the French resistance. Olga Klein Astrachan’s personal narratives document her memories, friends, difficult decisions, and dangerous moments she spent living under the German occupation in France. The photographs in this collection are reproductions depicting Olga Klein Astrachan, her father‐in‐law Nissan Astrachan, her husband Loca Astrachan, and their friends Marcus, Sonia, and Genia Schapiro who were deported from Toulouse in 1944 and killed in the Holocaust. Postcards from Nissan Astrachan and Bronja Bielkin in the Otwock ghetto were smuggled to Olga and Lazar Astrachan in France via Switzerland and describe hunger, cold, illness, need, and Nissan Astrachan’s death in the ghetto. Printed materials document German‐occupied France and French collaboration.