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Vogel and Baer family correspondence

Document | Accession Number: 2011.140.1

The Vogel and Baer family consists of Berta (Bertha) Baer Vogel of Untergrombach, Germany, her ex-husband Albert Vogel, their children, Inga and Ellen, and extended family. The daughter of a Jewish ironmonger, Berta lived in Karlsruhe, Germany with her family until her and Albert separated in 1930 and she immigrated to Basel, Switzerland. The Vogel and Baer family correspondence comprises letters primarily from Inga, who was a student in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to her Berta, Ellen, and her grandparents in Basel, Switzerland between 1938 and 1941. The letters detail her studies, life in the United States, and marriage. Letters between other family members and friends are also comprised in this collection.

The Vogel and Baer family correspondence comprises letters between members of the Baer and Vogel family, primarily from Inga in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to her mother, sister, and grandparents in Basel, Switzerland. The vast majority of this correspondence is written by Inga to her family in Europe between 1938 and 1941 regarding her studies at Carnegie Mellon, life in the United States, and later, her marriage to Jules Avins. Among her letters is a newspaper clipping depicting her and another Carnegie Tech student from California having Christmas dinner at a professor’s house. Also included in this collection is a smaller number of letters written by Berta to Inga and other family. Correspondence between Hellen and Inga and a number of letters from an unidentified person by the name of Peter is comprised in this collection as well. Many of the letters discuss immigration matters and steps to procure papers for Berta, Hellen, and Karoline to leave Switzerland, as they were trying to flee the country at this time.

inclusive:  1938-1941
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Lutzer family
Record last modified: 2022-05-02 13:54:25
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