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Ehrentheil family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.185.1

Consists of documents, correspondence, memoirs, and research notes related to Dr. Otto Ehrentheil’s attempts to assist family and friends to escape Nazi-occupied Europe. After his family arrived in the United States from Vienna, Austria, in November 1938, Dr. Ehrentheil worked to provide financial assistance and affidavits for numerous family and friends. Includes correspondence, financial documentation, memoirs and additional information about those he assisted, and research notes related to the writing and publication of “Dear Otto,” written by Dr. Ehrentheil’s daughter, Susanne Learmonth, about her father’s wartime activities.

This collection focuses on Dr. Ehrentheil’s work assisting friends and family to emigrate.

The first series is related to the pre-war, wartime, and post-war life of the Ehrentheil family themselves, though this is not the main focus of the collection. The series does include the document confiscating Dr. Ehrentheil’s car in Vienna in 1938, blank forms and affidavits related to the United States immigration process, Otto’s autobiography, and Susanne’s reflections on her own experiences.

The second series contains alphabetical files for each family or friend assisted by Dr. Ehrentheil. Some files include evidence of his financial support, correspondence with the family in Europe, telegrams, and correspondence with State Department personnel and personnel of relief and refugee agencies.

The third series includes memoirs and additional documentation related to those he aided.

The fourth series includes clippings, articles, handwritten research notes, and documentation Susanne Learmonth collected while preparing for the writing and publication of “Dear Otto.”

inclusive:  1915-2010
5 boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Ehrentheil family
Record last modified: 2021-11-22 11:24:33
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