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Jacob and Rita Litman papers, including Samuel Golfard diary

Document | Accession Number: 2008.316.1

Collection consists of photographs, correspondence, and naturalization and restitution documents of Jacob and Rita Litman, primarily documenting their experiences at the displaced persons camp at Bayerisch Gmain, Germany, from 1946 to 1949, and their subsequent immigration to the United States and efforts to obtain restitution. Also includes the manuscript diary of Samuel Golfard, which was written during Golfard's internment as a Jewish forced laborer in and around Przemysliany, Poland (Peremyshliany, Ukraine) from 25 January 1943 until 14 April 1943. After Golfard's death, the diary was entrusted to Tadeusz Jankiewicz, a non-Jewish Pole who tried to help Litman, Golfard and other local Jews prior to and during their internment, and who helped Litman escape from the forced labor camp at Kurowice in 1943. Jankiewicz, who was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1966, gave Golfard's diary to Litman several years after the war, and Litman kept it, hoping to publish it in English. In addition to the Polish original diary manuscript, the collection contains Litman's handwritten English translation, as well as extensive post-war correspondence with Jankiewicz and other Poles who had known and helped Litman during the war years.

1943-1985  (inclusive)
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Record last modified: 2018-06-13 12:04:54
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