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Wiznitzer and Feuerstein family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2012.351.1

The Wiznitzer and Feuerstein family papers consist of biographical materials, memoirs, and photographs documenting Edward, Julia, and Abe Firestone from Kołomyja, Poland (now Kolomyia, Ukraine), the family arrangements they made after the war in order to immigrate to the United States, and their Wiznitzer and Feuerstein family members who perished during the Holocaust.
Biographical materials include a postwar pass allowing Edward Feuerstein to move freely about Wrocław, a membership card for the Committee of Liberated Jews for Julia Feuerstein, a certificate in lieu of passport for Edward, Julia, Abraham, and Mary Feuerstein, and an embarkation card for the SS Marine Perch.
Memoirs document Allan Firestone (born Abraham Wiznitzer), Edward Firestone (born Feuerstein), Julia Firestone (born Yula Wiznitzer), and Rut Burak (born Rut Wermuth). Allan Firestone’s memoir describes his prewar life in Kołomyja, the deaths of his family members, his year in the ghetto, hiding with his sister, postwar life in Poland and Germany, and immigrating to the United States. Edward Firestone’s memoir is written in the third person, as told to Leslie Shafer in 1993, and recounts his life story, from his childhood in Kolomyia, through emigration during World War I, their return to Kolomyia after the war, the inter‐war period, and the occupation of Kolomyia by the Soviets and the Germans during World War II, post‐war experiences in displaced persons camps, and immigration to the United States. Julia Firestone’s story was recounted to her granddaughter, Lotem Levitan, and describes the Russian occupation, German occupation, life in the ghetto, the deaths of her family members, hiding with her brother, liberation, and marrying her husband. Rut Burak’s Encounters with the Decent: Helpers in Survival, Search and Reunion, describes how she survived the Holocaust under a false identity in
Germany, how she traced her surviving brother four decades later, and how she found Julia Firestone, the wartime girlfriend of her brother, Pavel.
Wiznitzer family photographs depict Julia Wiznitzer and her parents, sisters, and brother. Feuerstein family photographs depict Edward Firestone, his first wife and their children before the war, and his participation in the Jewish sports club “Dror.” This series also includes photographs documenting the Firestone family’s visit to Kolomyia in 1995. Additional photographs depict wartime friends Stacia Palyga (daughter of rescuer Frania Palyga) and Paula Schamenau. Most photographs date from the 1930s and 1940s and were taken in and around the Polish towns of Kołomyja (Kolomyia, Ukraine),
Kosow (Kosiv), and other neighboring locations in Galicia and Bukovina.

inclusive:  circa 1915-2003
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Feuerstein Levitan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lotem Levitan
Record last modified: 2023-04-11 09:36:03
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