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Oscar Reiss papers

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    The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Oscar K. Reiss, originally of Munich, Germany. Included are immigration paperwork, his German passport, United States Army records, and an affidavit related to his attempt to help his family in Germany immigrate to the United States. Also included are a small number of photographs which include depictions of Oscar’s mother Irma Reiss prior to the Holocaust, and Oscar in his U.S. Army uniform.
    inclusive:  circa 1920-1997
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Oscar Reiss
    Collection Creator
    Oscar K. Reiss
    Oscar K. Reiss (1921-2019) was born Oskar Reiss on May 6, 1921 in Bad Dürkheim, Germany to Richard Reiss (b. 1890) and Irma Reiss (b. 1925, née Kullmann). He had one sister, Helene Reiss (b. 1926, later Helene Reiss Wincor), and one brother, Wolfgang Reiss (b. 1932). Oscar’s family moved to Munich, Germany in 1924. He immigrated to the United States in 1937 and briefly settled in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where he attended an agriculture school. His sister Helene immigrated to the United States around 1941. Oscar became a naturalized citizen in 1943 and was then drafted into the Army. He served overseas in France, and was in Nuremberg after the war. Oscar was discharged in 1947 and became a biochemist. He later moved to Colorado. Oscar learned after the war that his parents and brother were all deported to Riga on November 15, 1941 where they likely perished. His maternal grandparents perished at Theresienstadt.

    Physical Details

    English German
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as a single file.

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    Conditions on Access
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    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Reiss, Oscar K.
    Corporate Name
    United States. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial in 2010 by Oscar Reiss.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 18:04:26
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