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Seymour Z. Mann collection

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    The Seymour Z. Mann collection includes reports, correspondence, a diary, cultural programs, questionnaires, and printed materials documenting the Evangelical Church and the Social Democratic Party in Ludwigsburg, Germany before, during, and after the Nazi years and Nazi cultural programming in Ludwigsburg during World War II.
    Adolf Dörrfuss (1875-1948) was a pastor in Ludwigsburg and his 157-page 1946 report describes the Evangelical Church in Ludwigsburg during the Nazi years. The report is interspersed with historical documents such as articles, bulletins, and pamphlets about the Church as well as correspondence, sermons, and narratives by Dörrfuss.
    Heinrich Grobe (1902-1964?) served as regional chief of culture for the Nazi Party in Ludwigsburg, and his materials include early family correspondence, a diary recording the main events in his life between 1902 and 1945, and cultural programs and speeches he developed between 1942 and 1945 for the Nazi Party in Ludwigsburg.
    Wilhelm Keil (1870-1968) was a Social Democrat and represented Ludwigsburg in the Württemberg State Assembly before Hitler’s rise to power. An English translation of his 16-page 1946 report titled “Confession of an Old Social-Democrat: Written Down for Captain Lindsay, Chief of the Allied Military Government” describes his contacts with the Military Government in Ludwigsburg, the Nazi years, and the necessity of German denazification. This series also includes three pages from an unidentified memoir that describe a rumor about Wilhelm Keil’s collaboration with the Nazi government in 1933.
    Subject files include two copies of the Appeal of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, adopted at the party congress in Hanover on 11.5.1946, two blank postwar questionnaires seeking names and addresses of local leaders during the Nazi period, and five circulars created by the Social Democratic Party in Berlin in 1946 celebrating the downfall of the Nazi regime.
    inclusive:  circa 1902-1946
    Collection Creator
    Seymour Z. Mann
    Seymour Z. Mann served with the G-5 Civil Affairs section of the United States Army and worked as a denazification investigating officer for the Public Safety Division of the Office of Military Government, U.S. (OMGUS) in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

    Physical Details

    German English
    2 boxes
    System of Arrangement
    The Seymour Z. Mann papers are arranged as four series: I. Adolf Dörrfuss materials, 1946, II. Heinrich Grobe materials, 1902-1945, III. Wilhelm Keil material, 1946, undated, IV. Subject files, 1945-1946

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. 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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Ludwigsburg (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    Seymour Z. Mann donated his collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
    Special Collection
    Save Their Stories
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    2024-04-11 13:19:06
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