- Collection of original documents and letters and copies of documents and letters relating to the Cahnmann family's attempts to get Sigwart and Hedwig Cahnmann [Hans Cahnmann's parents] and Clementine Kramer [donor's aunt] out of Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
- Collection Creator
- Hans Cahnmann
Hans Julius Cahnmann (1906-1999) was born on 27 January 1916 in Munich, Germany to Sigwart (1872-1942) and Hedwig Cahnmann (née Schulein, 1882-1942). He graduated from Gymnasium in 1924, and received his Ph.D in Pharmacology in 1930. Hans moved to Paris in 1933 and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1939 he applied for a U.S. visa. Hans and other foreign-born Jews were rounded up and sent to the stadium in May 1940, and then transported to a camp near Tours. He then went to Marseilles while waiting for his visa. After receiving help from American journalist Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee, Hans immigrated to the United States, arriving on 5 August 1941 aboard the SS Guine via Casablanca, Morocco. Hans married Ruth Hedwig Heilbroner (1920-2008) in 1945. Both of his parents perished during the Holocaust.
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Keywords & Subjects
- Geographic Name
- United States--Emigration and immigration.
- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Collection was part of the Estate of Dr. Hans Cahnmann. It was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Ruth Cahnmann in 2000.
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- 2023-09-22 09:42:16
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Also in Hans Cahnmann collection
Contains materials related to the efforts of Hans Julius Cahnmann to escape Europe via Mareille. Includes an affidavit in lieu of passport prepared by American State Department official Hiram Bingham, Jr. in the Marseille consulate.
Drawing created by Bil Freier