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Holocaust experiences of Adela Kestenberg Manheimer

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    Holocaust experiences of Adela Kestenberg Manheimer

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    The collection consists of a five-page typewritten personal narrative of Adela Manheimer's (nee Kestenberg) experiences in prewar Poland; as a forced-laborer in the Grünberg subcamp of Gross-Rosen working for the German army weaving blankets; on a death march lasting from January 1945 to May 1945, when she escaped from the march; and in postwar Germany and the United States. Includes a photocopy of a photograph of Adela circa 1945.
    Collection Creator
    Adela Manheimer
    Adela Manheimer (née Kestenberg) was born on 21 June 1921 in Dąbrowa Górnicza (Kielce, Poland) to Wolf and Leisa Kestenberg. Adela’s father was a tailor and owned a shop. She was engaged to Wolf Manheimer (d. 1984) in the late 1930s. After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Adela was a forced-laborer. On 7 February 1942 she was deported to Sosnowiec and then the Grünberg subcamp of Gross-Rosen. In January 1945 she was sent on a death march. She and a friend managed to escape from Volary, Czechoslovakia (Volary, Czech Republic) on 3 May 1945 and were later rescued by French POWs who brought them to a hospital run by the United States Army. Her fiancé Wolf also survived the Holocaust and they were reunited in the Feldafing DP camp. They married in 1947 and their first child Aron was born in 1948. In 1951 the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Physical Details

    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as a single series.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland)
    Personal Name
    Manheimer, Adela.

    Administrative Notes

    Adela Kestenberg Manheimer's son, Aron Hirt-Manheimer, sent the biography to the Registry of Holocaust Registry; the date of receipt is not known. The Registry transferred it to the Archives in Sept. 1997.
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