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Hans Praschkauer papers

Document | Accession Number: 2006.398.1

The Hans Praschkauer papers include biographical material, scrapbooks, writings, and printed material relating to Hans Praschkauer and his family’s pre-war life in Breslau, Germany (currently Wrocław, Poland) and their experiences in Shanghai after fleeing Germany in 1939. The collection also includes applications, medical and financial records, and ship information relating to their immigration to the United States in 1949.

Biographical material includes vaccination certificates, membership cards, a birth certificate, identification cards, and photographs for Hans Praschkauer. The negatives in the series are duplicates of the photograph of Breslau in folder 1.1. The series also includes restitution material relating to Hans’ efforts to receive restitution for his wartime suffering as well as school certificates, report cards, and identification cards.

Immigration and emigration material includes a declaration of intent and certificate of naturalization for George and Betty Praschkauer, Hans’ declaration of intent, copies of his birth certificate, an affidavit, financial records, vaccination certificates, a medical exam for a visa application, and a certificate stating that Hans does not have a criminal record. The series also includes passenger pamphlets, ship maps, itineraries, tickets, a clipping, pamphlets, and passenger instructions from the SS Conte Verde and the SS General Gordon. Documents relating to Hans’ life in Shanghai include a census, an ID card, membership cards, a photograph of Hans in Shanghai, an inventory of belongings, and a lease for an apartment in Shanghai.

Writings include ten notebooks and one calendar kept by Hans mainly while living in Germany and Shanghai. In the notebooks Hans kept notes about different plays and films and practiced English vocabulary and grammar. The notebooks also include diary entries and poetry. The series also includes two scrapbooks which contain lists, clippings, writings, membership cards, vaccination certificates, business cards, and other memorabilia kept by Hans while living in Shanghai.

Printed material includes playbills from American films shown in Shanghai, a memorial pamphlet for synagogues destroyed during the war, and a pamphlet entitled "Good-bye Mr. Ghoya," published in Shanghai in September 1945. The pamphlet was a denunciation of Sgt. Kano Ghoya, the Japanese ex-vice chief of the Stateless Refugees' Affairs Bureau in Shanghai, and includes seven cartoons by Friedrich Melchior. The series also includes an article about refugees in Shanghai and newspaper clippings relating to refugees in Shanghai, DP camps, and the SS General Gordon.

inclusive:  1920-2002
1 box
3 book enclosures
5 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Diane Kyle
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:02:11
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