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Norbert Wollheim papers

Document | Accession Number: 1999.A.0031

The Norbert Wollheim papers consist of correspoRighndence, photographs, and printed materials documenting Wollheim’s prewar family life in Europe, his efforts to receive restitution for his slave labor at I.G. Farben, his immigration to the United States, and his continued work with other Holocaust survivor organizations such as the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Survivors, the Auschwitz/Buna Memorial, the World Federation of Holocaust Survivors, the United Jewish Appeal, and the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Series 1, Life in Europe, primarily documents Norbert Wollheim’s life and activities in Europe before his immigration to the United States, including personal and professional correspondence from his years in Lübeck; legal records documenting his efforts to receive restitution for his slave labor at I.G. Farben; subject files about survivor conferences, postwar antisemitism, and emigration to Palestine; publications and clippings documenting Jewish survivor organizations; photographic materials documenting Wollheim’s family before the war and political and commemorative events after the war; and personal documents such as identification papers, calendars, and speeches.
Subseries 1, Lübeck correspondence, includes Norbert Wollheim’s correspondence from his years in Lübeck after the war. The correspondence documents his postwar activities on behalf of survivors, and related travel, as well as his own marriage and the birth of his children. It includes professional, private, and personal correspondence with officials, aid organizations, friends, and relatives. Correspondents include Hermann Simon, Max Plaut, Karl Marx, Kurt Hecht, Rolf May, Hans and Gretl Royce, his sister and brother-in-law (Bellauer), and Julius Dreifuss.
Subseries 2, Correspondence and related records regarding I.G. Farben, consists of legal records, correspondence, and clippings related to the slave labor Norbert Wollheim performed for I.G. Farben at Auschwitz during the war and his efforts to receive compensation after the war.
Subseries 3, Subject files, includes topics such as survivor conferences, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, restitution, Philip Auerbach, Erich Lüth, and the passengers on the ship Exodus who were not allowed to reach Palestine. Records include correspondence, clippings, notes, lists, reports, photographs, programs, and speeches.
Subseries 4, Publications, includes publications by organizations such as the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the British Zone, Jewish Central Information Office, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, United Jewish Appeal, and the World Jewish Congress about survivor issues during the postwar period. Records include bulletins, newspapers, press releases, poems, and reports.
Subseries 5, News clippings, includes topics such as the World Jewish Congress, the status of Jewish Displaced Persons, Palestine, war criminals, and restitution.
Subseries 6, Photographs, includes photo albums and loose photographs depicting Wollheim, family members and friends, vacations, family celebrations, and political events in Germany, France, England, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, and Denmark before, during, and after World War II. This series includes postwar photographs of Bergen-Belsen, displaced persons camps, Leo Baeck, Stephen Wise, Nachum Goldmann, and Elie Wiesel.
Subseries 7, Personal documents, consists of identification papers, calendars, speeches, personal publications, and notebooks.
Series 2, Life in America, primarily documents Norbert Wollheim’s life and activities in America following his immigration, including personal correspondence; legal records documenting his efforts to receive restitution for his slave labor at I.G. Farben; correspondence documenting Wollheim’s work with survivor organizations World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Survivors, Auschwitz/Buna Memorial, and World Federation of Holocaust Survivors; subject files about the Holocaust and its memorialization; publications, periodicals, and news clippings; and photographs documenting survivors of Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz-Buna, the United Jewish Appeal, and the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Subseries 1 consists of personal correspondence.
Subseries 2, I. G. Farben and other restitution claims, consists of correspondence, legal and financial records, and printed material documenting I. G. Farben and other restitution claims.
Subseries 3, World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Survivors, consists of correspondence and organizational records regarding the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Survivors.
Subseries 4, Auschwitz/Buna Memorial, consists of correspondence, organizational records, and news clippings documenting the Auschwitz/Buna Memorial.
Subseries 5, World Federation of Holocaust Survivors, consist of correspondence and organization records documenting the World Federation of Holocaust Survivors.
Subseries 6, Subject files, consists of subject files documenting facets of the Holocaust and Holocaust memorialization.
Subseries 7, Publications, consists of publications documenting the work of Jewish organizations, Holocaust survivors, and the history of the Holocaust.
Subseries 8, News clippings, consists of news clippings in English, German, and Hebrew dated 1960-1997.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1900-1998
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Extent
54 boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Charlotte Wollheim
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-05 13:47:00
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