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Fanny Auerbach papers

Document | Accession Number: 1995.A.0365

The Fanny Auerbach papers contain primarily correspondence between Fanny, a German Jew who escaped Germany in 1935, and Malchen Banner, a young woman who Fanny helped raise while Fanny worked at an orphanage in Cologne, Germany prior to her emigration. Malchen was subsequently deported to the Warsaw ghetto, where in her correspondence to Fanny, she describes the hardships of her life there before her letters abruptly end. Also included are correspondence with Theresa Wallach, the administrator from the orphanage where Fanny had worked, photographs, a poem from another orphan, and a newspaper article.

The Fanny Auerbach papers contains primarily letters between Fanny and a young girl named Malchen, who Fanny used to help look after when she was younger. The letters were sent from the Warsaw ghetto, where Malchen, her sister Selma, and her father were shipped to in 1941. The letters describe the terrible conditions the family lived in, including their struggles with acquiring money for food and warmth with the onset of winter. Other letters come from Theresa Wallach, who was the administrator of the Abram Frank Haus, and disappeared during the war. In addition are photocopies of those letters, photographs of Malchen when she was younger, a color self-portrait drawn by Malchen, and several photos of Fanny and the orphanage. Also included is a newspaper article containing a letter by Malchen to Dr. Roseno, the doctor who amputated her leg, and a poem written by Lore, an orphan from the Abram Frank Haus.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1934-circa 1985
Language
English
German
Extent
4 folders
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:00:50
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