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Emil and Erich Beamt letters

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 1981.A.0006 | RG Number: RG-03.006.01

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    Description
    Consists of copies of letters written by Erich Beamt and his brother, Emil Beamt, president of the Jewish community of Prostějov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), during the period from 1939 to 1942. The letters describe the sorrows and anxiety felt by the Beamt family members as they witnessed the Nazi advance during the early years of World War II and the family's strong desire to emigrate to Canada, the United States, or South America before their deportation.
    Date
    inclusive:  1939-1942
    Credit Line
    Cite Leo Baeck Institute as holder of originals
    Collection Creator
    Erich Beamt
    Biography
    Emil Beamt was born on 12 Dec. 1898 and served as the president of the Jewish community of Prostějov, Czechoslovakia, until his deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942. He was transported to Auschwitz on 28 Sept. 1944 and never returned. Erich Beamt is presumably the brother of Emil Beamt.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German Czech
    Genre/Form
    Letters.
    Extent
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    Arrangement is chronological

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing station. There are no additional access restrictions to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The Museum is in the process of determining the possible use restrictions that may apply to material(s) in this collection.

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    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Leo Baeck Archives
    Provenance
    The letters were written by Emil Beamt, uncle of the donor, during his service as president of the Jewish community of Prostějov, Czechoslovakia. The letters were exchanged with Greta Copito's family who lived in Ecuador at the time. The letters eventually became the property of Greta Copito. Copito presented the original letters to Elie Wiesel in July 1981. At that time, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum did not have a developed program of collection; therefore, the originals were deposited in the Leo Baeck Institute in New York.
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