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Elizabeth Koenig papers

Document | Accession Number: 1989.260.3

The Elizabeth Koenig papers consist of a letter from HIAS-JCA Emigration Association to Fritz Kaufmann; an autograph book including photographs of children in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon; Elizabeth’s diary describing her life in France from February to July 1940; a 1939 map of the Hautes-Pyrénées; photographs of Elizabeth, her brother, and the La Guespy children’s house in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon; and a school report Elizabeth wrote and illustrated after arriving in America about France under the occupation.

Correspondence consists of a single letter from HIAS-JCA Emigration Association in Marseilles to Fritz Kaufmann advising him on emigration matters.

The diary documents Elizabeth’s life as a refugee studying art in Paris and her flight south from Paris as the Germans advanced.

The 1939 map depicts major roads and railways in the French department of the Hautes-Pyrénées and was presumably used by Elizabeth during her June 1940 flight south from Paris and her efforts to reunite with her mother.

Photographs include portraits of Elizabeth and Peter Kaufmann as children in Vienna, pictures of Elizabeth in Chambon-sur-Lignon and New York in 1941 and 1942, and an autograph book and photograph album presented to Elizabeth before she left the La Guespy child refugee home in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon containing photographs of Le Chambon, La Guespy, and the children and staff of La Guespy as well as messages and autographs. This series includes a negative with two images in cold storage.

The student paper consists of Elizabeth’s essay about political youth organization in France under Maréchal Petain with her hand-drawn cover.

inclusive:  circa 1927-1995
bulk:  1939-1942
9 folders
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Koenig
Record last modified: 2023-03-30 15:18:12
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