Mosheim and Marx families papers
The Mosheim and Marx families papers measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1914‐1952, 1988, 1994, and 1999. The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence files and translations, Inge Moss’s early life story, photographs, clippings, and research files documenting Herbert and Inge Moss’ immigrations to the United States, the unsuccessful immigration efforts of the families they left behind in Munich and Vlotho, Germany, and efforts to find out what happened to them.
Biographical materials document the education and immigration of Inge Marx and Herbert Mosheim. Materials include student records, a death announcement for Karl Marx, a medical prescription, a packing list, passports, a certificate from the Kitchener Camp, and a menu from the S.S. Washington.
Correspondence files include Marx and Mosheim family correspondence. Marx family correspondence is addressed to Inge Marx in the United States primarily from her mother, Else, but also from her grandparents, Pauline Marx and Lina and Josef Zenner, and from family friends Rosa Hafner and Elise (Lisi) Hetschel. Mosheim family correspondence includes letters addressed to Herbert Mosheim in the United States from his mother, sisters, brothers‐in‐law, cousins Karola Kattzenstein and Dora, Erich, and Magdalene Grundmann, and friends. The letters document daily life in Munich, Vlotho, Lauenforde and Köln, the families’ moves from house to house as they were forced to sell or give up their homes, and their unsuccessful efforts to immigrate to the United States. Most of the original German letters in the correspondence series have been translated by Inge Moss, and those translations were assembled into binders along with annotations, biographical sketches, Inge Moss’s story of her childhood in Germany, and reproductions of family photographs by Susan Moss Alterman in 1999. These materials also includes translations of love letters from Herbert Mosheim to Inge Marx dated 1941‐1942 which are not included among the original German correspondence in this collection. The love letters describe wedding plans, daily life, the couple’s status and experiences as German immigrants, and their efforts to aid their families’ immigration.
Photographic materials include a portrait of Herbert and Inge Mosheim, a Mosheim family album, and a portrait of Max Picard, the Marx family’s physician. The family album includes photographs of the Vlotho family home and paper factory, family members, Herbert at college, vacations, Herbert and his friends at the Kitchener Camp in England, and Sophie and Levi’s gravestone in Vlotho.
A clippings file contains information about Susan Moss Alterman’s participation in the 50th anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht in Vlotho, Germany with her mother and sister. A research file contains photocopies of materials at the Munich City Archives including the 1941 transport list bearing Else Marx’s name, passport applications for Inge Marx, Else Marx, and Pauline Marx, and a translation of SS Standartenführer Karl Jäger’s December 1, 1941 report “Complete list of executions carried out in the area up to 1 December 1941,” printed from the internet.
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