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Eva Ostwalt papers

Document | Accession Number: 2008.86.1

The Eva Ostwalt papers contains documents and photographs relating to the personal life of Eva Ostwalt, a Jewish woman who was eventually imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp during World War II. The photographs mainly consist of her family members, with many of Eva herself from both pre-war and her later years. The documents primarily relate to her time post-World War II, and include hospital notes, travel certificates, and identification materials. Other documents include correspondence, documentation concerning reparations, and other various affidavits and written statements. Also included in the collection are a cookbook which Eva created while she was interred at Ravensbrück, two sketches of her father Emil and her ex-husband Karl, and some newspapers.

The Eva Ostwalt papers contain documents and photographs pertaining to the life of Eva Ostwalt. The documents range from written testimonies to proofs of identification. This includes birth and marriage certificates, hospital documents, travel certificates, and naturalization papers. Other affidavits and statements included also confirm Eva’s history. The testimonies are handwritten by Eva, and explain details of her time at Ravensbrück. Also included are documents relating to reparations made towards Eva, from her time at Ravensbrück where she worked in a factory for Siemens. The correspondence come from a variety of sources, including her sister, her former husband Karl, and a former prison-mate Edith Klemich, whose factual report from Ravensbrück is also included in the papers. Numerous letters, however, come from her daughter Heidemarie living in Dresden, who wrote to her mother while she was interned at Ravensbrück. A cookbook, created by Eva from scraps of paper while working at Siemens, is included in the papers, as well as a preface and foreword intended for eventual publication of the cookbook. The photographs in the collection were taken primarily prior to the war. The photographs range from Eva’s parents, Emil and Else, to Eva and her sisters at a young age to the birth of Eva’s daughter Heidemarie. Additional photos are of Eva’s husbands, her time with Heidemarie in Merano, Italy, Else’s family portrait from 1862, and Eva in her later years. Also included in the collection are sketches of Emil Lippmann and Karl Hesse, and copies of the newspapers the Neue Welt and the Washington Evening Star saved by Eva.

inclusive:  1862-2007
bulk:  1905-2007
1 box
3 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eva Guttsmann Ostwalt
Record last modified: 2021-12-03 10:03:21
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