Gerda Schild Haas papers
The Gerda Schild Haas papers include Gerda’s notes on her experiences of Jewish persecution in Berlin from 1940‐1943 and correspondence among Gerda’s family members documenting their efforts to leave Germany from 1939‐1941 and to trace Gerda’s mother and sister from 1945‐1946.
Gerda Haas compiled her notes “Das Leben der Juden in Berlin in den Jahren 1940 bis 1943” in 1945 after arriving in Switzerland from Theresienstadt. The notes describe her memories of life in Berlin during the Holocaust, the Jewish hospital where she worked as a nurse, the organization of transports to Theresienstadt, and the cruelty of SS‐Obersturmführer Alois Brunner.
Correspondence includes letters dated 1939‐1941 from Paula Schild in Munich, Gerda Schild in Berlin, and Friedl Schild in Frankfurt to Siegfried Schild in New York City describing their lives in Germany and documenting their efforts to join him. Letters dated 1945‐1946 are primarily between Siegfried and Gerda Schild and document their efforts to locate Gerda’s mother and sister and to bring Gerda to the United States. Some of the letters are undated or have been separated from their first or last pages.
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