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Ernest G. Heppner papers

Document | Accession Number: 1989.243.322 | RG Number: RG-10.236

The Ernest G. Heppner papers consist of records documenting the Ernest Heppner and Kurt Redlich families’ departures from Nazi Europe and their lives in Japanese‐occupied Shanghai, newspapers documenting the Jewish refugee community in Shanghai, and other printed materials.
Heppner family materials include biographical materials about Ernest Heppner, his mother Hilde Heppner, his wife Ilse‐Lore Heppner, her father Paul Koratkowski, and their relative Rosa Koratkowski; correspondence; and files documenting the Heppners’ and Koratkowskis’ activities in Shanghai. Biographical materials include identification papers, employment records, and travel records. Correspondents include Heppner’s father and sister who remained in Breslau and his brother’s family in England. This series also includes files documenting Ernest Heppner’s participation in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, his and his wife’s work for the US Army Advisory Group, his mother’s social work with Jewish refugees in Shanghai, and his father‐in‐law’s participation in the Jüdische Gemeinde alongside Kurt Redlich.
Redlich family materials include biographical materials about Kurt Redlich and his wife Ida, correspondence, files documenting the Jewish community and aid organizations in Shanghai, and a map and narrative describing Redlich’s experiences in Dachau after Kristallnacht. Biographical materials include identification papers, education records, and travel and immigration papers. Correspondents include family members, friends, Charles Jordan of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and David Kranzler, to whom Redlich provided information for Kranzler’s book, Japanese, Nazis & Jews: the Jewish refugee community of Shanghai, 1938‐1945 (a copy of which can be found in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s library). These files also include two photographs documenting the JDC in Shanghai.
Shanghai newspapers include English and German language newspapers printed in Shanghai during the war and postwar years primarily for Jewish refugees from Europe. The newspapers include articles about and of interest to the Jewish community, some of which are either written by or mention Paul Koratkowski or Kurt Redlich.
Printed materials include 1930s German literary magazines, materials describing the Schwarzes Fähnlein youth group to which Ernest Heppner belonged, a calendar printed by the Heppner matzo factory, newspapers clippings, and handbill notices addressed to the Jewish community in Shanghai.

inclusive:  1929-1980
3 boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ernest G. Heppner
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:38:23
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