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Peter Mansbacher papers

Document | Accession Number: 1998.A.0148

The Peter Mansbacher papers include a memoir, correspondence files, and subject files documenting Mansbacher’s efforts to obtain a visa to the United States, his passage to England on a Kindertransport, subsequent internment in England and Canada, and eventual immigration to the United States.
Mansbacher's 1991 memoir, Refugee from Nazi Oppression: an Autobiography by Peter Mansbacher, describes his childhood in Lübeck, his wartime experiences in England, the completion of his education in Canada, and his eventual move to the Chicago, Illinois area. It includes photographic copy prints and photocopies of original photographs of Mansbacher, his family, and friends, and photocopies of original documents, many of which are included elsewhere in the collection. The bulk of the memoir focuses on Mansbacher's arrival in England on a Kindertransport at the end of 1938, his time at Kitchener Camp, his efforts to obtain a visa for entry into the United States, his 1940 arrest and internment as an enemy alien at Bury St. Edmunds and then the Isle of Man, his transfer to and further internment in Canada at Camp T (near Trois Rivières), Camp B (near Fredericton), and Camp N (near Sherbrooke), and his school and work experiences in Canada. The memoir concludes with descriptions of Mansbacher's move to Chicago in 1949, his marriage to Ursula Dengel, their children and family life, and his career at Chas. A. Stevens & Co.
Correspondence files include letters and telegrams from family members and friends during the war. The letters provide updates about the welfare of loved ones and document efforts to assist Mansbacher and his family in their emigration efforts.
Subject files document Mansbacher’s efforts to immigrate to the United States and to get his parents out of Germany, as well as his experiences in English and Canadian internment camps, education and employment, and interactions with refugee aid organizations, American Consulates, and Canadian government agencies. Records include letters, telegrams, postcards, forms, ID photos, poems describing children at a Canadian internment camp, clippings, and receipts.

inclusive:  1934-1991
inclusive:  1934-1991
1 box
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:01:08
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