Ernest R. Stiefel papers
The Ernest R. Stiefel papers include photocopies of emigration and expropriation documents, Jüdische Kultusvereinigung and Jüdischer Kulturbund documents, and personal narratives describing the Nazi persecution of the Stiefel family from Frankfurt am Main; German and international barriers to German emigration; and the confiscation of money, property, and possessions of family members who emigrated from Germany and of those who stayed behind.
Emigration and expropriation documents consist of photocopies of original materials documenting the processes the Nazis used to confiscate money and property Ernest and Siegfried Stiefel and Amalie Strauss as they prepared to emigrate from Germany and from Arthur and Frieda Stiefel who remained behind. Records include correspondence and forms from offices such as the Jüdische Gemeinde Frankfurt, Amtsgericht Frankfurt, Zollfahndungsstelle, Finanzamt Frankfurt, Oberfinanzpräsident Kassel, Oberbürgmeister, American Consulate Stuttgart, Hilfsverein, and Auswärtiges Amt as well as Ernest’s passport, a family tree, affidavits of support, and travel papers.
Jüdische Kultusvereinigung and Jüdischer Kulturbund documents consist of photocopies of notices informing Jewish residents of new rules, flyers for cultural programs such as concerts, and Ernest Stiefel’s Kulturbund membership card.
Personal narratives include of three narratives by Stiefel recounting his family’s persecution under Nazi Germany: one drawing from his parents letters from Germany to America in 1940 and 1941, one describing his grandmother’s emigration from Germany to Montevideo, and one describing his own immigration to the United States. These narratives describe the major events in his family’s lives and his parents’ unsuccessful efforts to immigrate to the United States and fears about deportation, and they painstakingly detail the bureaucratic obstacles he, his brother, and his grandmother had to overcome in order to emigrate and the multiple ways the Nazi government confiscated his family’s money, property, and possessions.
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