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Sommer and Bloch family papers

Document | Accession Number: 1995.A.0360

The Sommer and Bloch family papers primarily document Ralph Sommer, a Jewish refugee who was imprisoned in the Camp des Milles internment camp and later was a member of the French resistance and the French military. Another major portion of the papers contain correspondence from Fred Hanauer, who was a cousin of Ralph's living in the United States and who coordinated efforts with other family members in assisting relatives imprisoned in concentration camps in Europe. Included in the collection is correspondence, identification papers, military papers, and travel visas.

The Sommer and Bloch family papers contains primarily records relating to Ralph Sommer while living in France, and correspondence with members of the Bloch family, coordinated with Fred Hanauer. The items concerning Ralph include identity cards, photographs, certificates of good conduct, a travel visa, and a handwritten curriculum vitae. Also included are documents regarding his service in the French Resistance and Military. The correspondence regarding the Bloch family consists entirely of letters and telegrams between Fred, his Uncle Julio, and other relatives and friends, and document the efforts made by the Bloch family in attempting to secure visas to other imprisoned family members. Another series of records consists of various documents related to other relatives, including a death certificate for Moses Sommer, a funeral booklet for Melanie Bloch, and copies of birth certificates for other members of the Sommer family.

inclusive:  1920-1983
bulk:  1938-1946
1 box
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 13:48:48
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