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Carl Lenneberg papers

Document | Accession Number: 2011.259.1

The Carl Lenneberg papers include biographical materials, immigration documents, a diary, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to Carl Lenneberg’s experiences aboard the MS St. Louis with his brother, Georg, and his future brother-in-law, Fritz Hilb. Included are documents detailing their emigration from Germany and correspondence and photographs relating to their plight aboard the St. Louis in 1939 as well as a diary Carl kept throughout the voyage.

Biographical material includes a passport for Carl Lenneberg, photographic postcard and catalogs from the family store, and a certificate, identification card, and proof of membership relating to Carl’s service in World War I.

The collection includes a typewritten diary kept by Carl during his time on the St Louis. In his entries, Carl writes about daily activities and the weather and provides detailed information about what he is hearing regarding not being able to disembark in Cuba, cruising to the United States, receiving information that they are being sent back to Europe, and disembarking in Belgium.

Emigration and immigration material includes financial documentation, correspondence regarding Carl, Georg, and Fritz’s attempts to gain entry into Cuba, and a Cuba immigration card for Carl.

Newspapers clippings include articles from Le Patriote Illustre, De Dag, and Het Laaste Nieuws relating to the St. Louis. Also included is a Los Angeles TImes article including an interview with Carl.

St Louis documents include a cabin plan where Carl marked the cabin he stayed in (D368), a menu from May 21, 1939, receipts for money transfers, a book cover for Voyage of the Damned, and
telegrams and correspondence to Hilde about landing in Cuba, being sent to United States, turning back to Europe, landing in Antwerp, and his departure on the SS Westerland.

inclusive:  circa 1913-1975
bulk:  1939-1940
6 folders
2 oversize folders
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ron Lenneberg
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:02:41
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