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Alice Goldberger papers

Document | Accession Number: 2007.423.1

The Alice Goldberger papers include biographical materials documenting Alice Goldberger and one of her staff members, Martha (Manna) Friedmann; correspondence, photograph albums, and reports documenting the work of Weir Courtney and the Lingfield House as well as the lives of child Holocaust survivors who lived there; and an extensive collection of the children’s artwork.

Biographical material consists of honors, obituaries, memories, and tributes honoring Alice Goldberger and her work for the children of Weir Courtney and Lingfield house and Martha (Manna) Friedmann, a staff member at Weir Courtney.

Correspondence includes selected letters from some of the children of Weir Courtney including Mirjam, Zdenka, Denny, Judith, and Tanja to Alice Goldberger, a letter from an adoptive parents describing how well her adopted child is adjusting, and letters documenting the reunion of Lilian and Andra Bucci with their mother in 1946.

The photograph albums series includes three albums. The first documents the children of Weir Courtney and depicts the estate, Alice Goldberger, child survivors of the Holocaust including Eva, Hanka, Mirjam, Zdenka, Vicky, Sylvia, Judith, Liliana, Andra, Asta, Renate, Denny, Tanya, Dora, a staff member named Sophie, and a dog named Teddy. The album also includes later photographs of Judith and Mirjam Stern and their children. The second album documents the rooms and activities at Weir Courtney home through photographs and poetry. The third album documents Alice Goldberger’s 1978 appearance on the British television show “This is Your Life” and the grown children she aided at Weir Courtney and Lingfield House.

Reports primarily consist of messages from the Weir Courtney and Lingfield house staff to Americans participating in “Foster Parent” program providing financial assistance to the children’s homes. The monthly reports describe daily life at the homes, provide thoughtful and personal details about the children’s histories, and offer updates on the challenges and achievements of individual children. The reports provide details about children named Andra, Asta, Avigdor, Bella, Berli, Charles, Denny, Erwin, Eva, Freddy, Fritz, Gadi, Gittel, Hanka, Hedi, Judith, Julius, Liliana, Lizzi, Magda, Margot, Milly, Mirjam, Peter, Rachel, Renate, Ruth, Sylvia, Tanja, Traute, Vicky, Zdenka. Lingfield House Reports provide updates about the home as well as fundraising and committee information. A 1977 report provides updates about Charles, Denny, Dora, Elsa, Eva, Fritz, Hanka, Hedi, Judith, Magda, Mirjam, Sylvia, Tanja, Vicky, Zdenka as adults.

Works by children primarily include artwork by children at Weir Courtney and Lingfield House. Artwork includes a green binder the children created for Alice Goldberger’s birthday in 1951, a string-bound album of children’s drawings, a ribbon-bound folio of drawings and poems addressed to Alice, handmade pamphlets of drawings, and more than one hundred loose drawings and paintings. This series also include a folder of poems and songs by the children, many of which are illustrated, and certificates documenting trees planted in Israel in the name of the children. Much of the creative work is unattributed, but there are creations signed by Berli, Charles Kersler, Claus, Denny, Ervin Bogner, Eva Traub, other Eva, Fritz, Hanka, Hedi, Judith Singer, Judith Stern, Juliet, Marie, Mirjam Stern, Norbert, Pauline, Peter, Rachel, Ruth Kamaryth, Sylvia, Tanja, Usha, Vicky, and Zdenka.

Date
inclusive:  1945-2013
Language
English
German
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Drawings.
Extent
1 box
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Sherman
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:39:23
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