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Herman Osnos correspondence

Document | Accession Number: 1995.A.0610

The Herman Osnos correspondence contains letters and telegrams written and received by Herman Osnos, a Jewish American businessman and proprietor who supported many European Jewish refugees in their quests to emigrate to the United States before and after the Holocaust between 1936 and 1947. The majority of the collection documents his communication with the Stark family of Munich, Germany, specifically, the eldest son Walter (1919-) and the father, Hermann as they sought affidavits of support. Mr. Osnos was successful in bringing the Stark family to the United States, with the two boys, Walter and Werner arriving in 1938 and Herman and his wife and daughter arriving in 1939. Also included in the collection is a series of letters from other German and Austrian Jews seeking assistance in traveling to the United States. Nearly all of the persons requesting help from Mr. Osnos had never met him, and had only heard through friends or colleagues that he was willing and able to supply affidavits of support. The fate of the majority of the requesters is unknown.

inclusive:  1936-1947
18 folders
Record last modified: 2020-09-25 12:09:44
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