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Serafina and Bola Friedler papers

Document | Accession Number: 2011.158.1

The Serafina and Bola Friedler papers comprise documents and photographs concerning Serafina and Bola Friedler, a mother and daughter from Borysław, Poland (now Boryslav, Ukraine) who survived the Holocaust after being liberated from Auschwitz in 1945. Among the documents collected by the Serafina and Bola are Red Cross identification cards issued to them after their liberation, an autograph book used by Bola while living at the Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp, correspondence, and documentation of Serafina’s role as a witness in the trail against Nazi high official, Fritz Hildebrand in 1966. The photographs include images of family before the war, many of whom perished. The majority depict Bola and her friends participating in numerous activities while living in the Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp, and include images of their trip to the United States and life in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Serafina and Bola Friedler papers are comprised of documents and photographs collected by Serafina and Bola, before, during, and after the Holocaust. Among the documents collected by the Serafina are two Red Cross identification cards issued to her a month after her liberation from Auschwitz and her certificate of registration with the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Also included is official documentation of Serafina’s participation as a witness in the trial against Nazi high official, Fritz Hildebrand in 1966. Restitution claims filed by Serafina are also comprised herewith in. Among the documents collected by Bola are numerous postcards and letters written to her while living in the Bad Reichenhall DP camp from friends and family in Italy and Australia, among other places. Also comprised is an autograph book Bola kept while living in Bad Reichenhall and her Red Cross identification card, issued in 1945. The photographs include images of family members who perished in the Holocaust, but are primarily from Serafina and Bola’s time in Bad Reichenhall and other camps in central Europe. They depict life in the camps and include many images of youth activities, friends, and celebrations in Bad Reichenhall, the Aschau transit camp, their journey to the United States aboard the General C.H. Muir, and their life in Omaha. Most of the photographs are of Bola with friends participating in a number of activities, including skiing, gymnastics, and biking.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1930-1966
Language
German
Polish
English
Extent
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bella Miller
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:10:15
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