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Joan Kent Finkelstein family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2009.376.1

Consists of correspondence and documents dated between 1940 and 1966 from family and friends of Jerzy and Nadzieja Solomon Klein (later George and Nadine Kent), originally of Warsaw, Poland. Includes correspondence from family who remained in Poland during the war, family who emigrated to Palestine and the Soviet Union, and family and friends who emigrated to the United States, Brazil, and Argentina prior to or during the war. The collection includes translations and explanations of much of the correspondence. Also includes a photograph album containing images from the 1920s and 1930s, largely of holiday and vacation trips throughout Europe and including photos of funeral of Pilsudski, as well as a
diploma from the University of Warsaw.
Biographical materials include reproductions of identification and immigration papers documenting the family of Jerzy, Nadzieja, and Joanna Klein as well as Nadzieja Solomon Klein’s original 1928 University of Warsaw diploma accompanied by a transcription and translation of the diploma, information about Jewish intellectuals in 1920s Warsaw, and a reproduction of a 1928 photograph of Nadzieja Klein.
The correspondence series includes letters, postcards, and telegrams from family who remained in Poland during the war, family who emigrated to Palestine and the Soviet Union, and family and friends who emigrated to the United States, Brazil, and Argentina prior to or during the war. The document titled “Letters to America” by Joan Kent Finkelstein includes translations and explanations of much of the original correspondence. Correspondence from Abraham Solomon, Nadine’s father, relates news from family and friends and the death of Nadine’s brother, Leon (Lowa) in the Warsaw ghetto.
Correspondence from Zachar Solomon, Nadine’s brother, provides family news from Palestine, conveys his concerns and fears about his father left in Warsaw and sorrow at his death, describes his work as a Polish engineer attached to the American Army, and documents his efforts to immigrate to the United States and dispose of the family’s property in Poland following the war. Correspondence from Anatole (Tolek) Solomon, Nadine’s brother, describes wartime and postwar life in Siberia and addresses Cold War politics following the Cuban missile crisis. Correspondence from Rafael (Rava) Nurnberg, Nadine’s cousin, documents his efforts to ship food from Argentina to Abraham Solomon in the Warsaw ghetto. Correspondence from Irena Kalecka, a Polish friend of Nadine’s, describes her wartime experiences, the fates of family members and mutual friends, and poor postwar conditions in Poland. Additional correspondents describe wartime and postwar conditions in Poland and Palestine/Israel.
The photograph album contains images from the 1920s and 1930s, largely of holiday and vacation trips throughout Europe and to cities such as Hel, Poland and Vienna, Austria, and including photos of the funeral processing honoring Józef Piłsudski.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1920-2013
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Extent
1 box
1 oversize folder
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Kent Finkelstein
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:09:43
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