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Rolf Preuss papers

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0076

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    The Rolf Preuss papers include biographical materials, genealogical materials, notes, and business cards documenting Preuss’s childhood as a Jewish refugee in Shanghai from 1939-1947. Biographical materials include rental agreements, business contracts, a vaccination record, identity papers in lieu of passports, a receipt for the payment of a tax related to American immigration, and student records. Inquiries from the Committee for the Assistance of European Jewish Refugees in Shanghai document the efforts of Adolf and Frieda Preuss’s family members to escape Germany for Shanghai. Genealogical materials include family trees and a photocopy of Adolf Preuss’s birth certificate. Rolf Preuss’s memoirs describe his memories of his childhood in Shanghai. Notes include Chinese vocabulary translated from German, letters written on the back of a blank “Manifest of Removal into the Designated Area” form, and an address for the Oregon Émigré Committee. Business cards document bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in Shanghai.
    inclusive:  1939-1999
    bulk:  1939-1947
    Collection Creator
    Rolf Preuss
    Rolf Preuss was born in 1936 in Berlin to furrier Adolf Preuss (1910-1963) and Frieda Luft Preuss (1910-1950). The family left Germany in 1939 for Shanghai, where they lived in the Hongkew district. His father worked as a musician, his mother as a barmaid in local bars and nightclubs, and he attended Jewish schools. He left Shanghai with his father in October 1947, landing in San Francisco, and settling in Portland. Adolf Preuss’s brother Lothar died in Buchenwald in 1941 and his parents and two other brothers, Philipp, Margarete, Gert, and Martin, were deported to Riga in 1942 and did not survive. Frieda Preuss’s brother, Wilhelm Luft, died at Auschwitz, and her father and stepmother, Bernhard and Bertha Luft, also perished during the Holocaust.

    Physical Details

    7 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Rolf Preuss papers are arranged as a single series: I. Rolf Preuss papers, 1939-1999 (bulk 1939-1947)

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of the material(s) in this collection. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Rolf Preuss donated the Rolf Preuss papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 13:57:19
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