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John Kafka collection

Document | Accession Number: 1995.A.0102 | RG Number: RG-10.239

The John Kafka collection mainly consists of correspondence, printed material, and articles relating to Dr. John S. Kafka and Gertrude Kren’s (née Bloch) refutation of Rudolph Binion's (1927-2011) psychoanalytic theories on the origins of the Holocaust and correspondence related to the return of postcards and other items written by Adolf Hitler to Dr. Eduard Bloch. The collection also includes biographical material and articles written by Eduard Bloch as well as biographical material, photographs, and family research relating to the Bloch and Kafka families.

Biographical material includes original and photocopies of Eduard Bloch’s obituary and memorial, a writing by Lili Bloch titled “How I met my husband” and other articles about her life, and Bloch and Kafka family research and photographs. The series also includes a family history, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and clippings relating to John Kafka.

Correspondence includes original and photocopies of letters between Eduard Bloch, friends, and colleagues and correspondence to and from Gertrude Kren regarding an article by Rudolph Binion’s referencing and with her lawyer in attempts to locate postcards sent to Eduard from Hitler. The series also includes correspondence about articles, reviews, and journals and letters regarding Binion’s article from John Kafka.

Printed material includes reviews of Adolf Hitler: A family Perspective, The Mind of Adolf Hitler, and The Devil in the Flesh, articles written by Eduard Bloch, Gertrude Kren, George Kren, and John Kafka, promotional material, and refutations and responses to articles by Rudolph Binion and David Irving.

Series 4 includes articles and clippings relating to the war and the post-war analysis of the Holocaust.

inclusive:  1901-1995
2 boxes
2 oversize folder
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 13:48:18
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