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Kann family papers

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    Description
    Correspondence, manuscripts, book cover, news clipping, primarily related to the efforts of Elizabeth Kann to determine the whereabouts of her husband, Johan Kann, following the German invasion and occupation of the Netherlands in 1940. Also contains a memoir by Kann's daughter, Jean Kann Sonder, written in 2007, and other family memoirs, as well as information about Johan Kann's father, Jacobus Kann, a prominent Dutch Zionist in the early 20th century.

    The Kann family papers contains correspondence, manuscripts, a book cover, and news clippings, primarily related to the efforts of Elizabeth Kann to determine the whereabouts of her husband, Johan Kann, following the German invasion and occupation of the Netherlands in 1940, and her own escape from that country in 1941. Most of the correspondence consists of letters sent to Elizabeth Kann from diplomats, aid organizations, and members of her husband’s extended family, both trying to determine the fate of Johan Kann during the war, as well as sharing information and stories after the war about what they had learned about Kann’s fate. This collection also contains a memoir by Kann's daughter, Jean Kann Sonder, written in 2007, and other family memoirs, as well as information about Johan Kann's father, J.H. (Jacobus Henricus) Kann, a prominent Dutch Zionist in the early 20th century. Included is an unpublished English translation by Jean Kann Sonder and Elise Kann Jaeger of J.H. Kann’s 1908 book, “Erets Israel: Het Joodsche Land.”
    Date
    inclusive:  1908-2007
    bulk:  1942-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jean Kann Sonder
    Collection Creator
    Elizabeth Kann
    Biography
    Elizabeth Gerson Kann (born 1905) was the American-born wife of Johan Kann, a banker from The Hague, Netherlands. The two had met when Johan Kann was on a business trip to the United States, and after their wedding in October 1926, they returned to the Netherlands. Following the invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, Mrs. Kann was able to return to the United States with her three children (Jean Adrienne, Donald Josef, and Barbara Leonora) in January 1941, settling in New York, with the understanding that her husband would follow. Johan Kann, however, was captured by the German authorities when he sought to escape the Netherlands by boat, and was subsequently imprisoned and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he died shortly after arrival in August 1942. Mr. Kann’s father, J.H. (Jacobus Henricus) Kann, a Dutch banker and prominent supporter of Zionist organizations in the Netherlands, was deported with his wife, first to Bergen-Belsen, and then to Theresienstadt, where they died toward the end of the war.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English Dutch
    Extent
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is divided in two series, “Speeches and Writings” and “Correspondence,” both of which are arranged alphabetically by author/correspondent.

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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.

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    Provenance
    Gift of Mrs. Jean Kann Sonder and Mrs. Elise Kann Jaeger, February 2012.
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-16 14:31:17
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