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Hechtkopf and Berger families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2004.567.1

Collection of photographs and documents: depicting Hechtkopf and Berger families (donor's maternal and paternal families) from Łódź, Poland and Krakow, Poland. Alice was born as Alicka Berger on July 16, 1932 in Łódź, Poland. She is the only daughter of Abraham Roman Berger, born October 30, 1904 in Bodzow near Krakow, Poland and Jadzia Ewa Hechtkopf Berger, born November 4, 1905 in Łódź, Poland. Due to the ingenuity and survival instinct of her parents, they survived escape from Poland to Lvov; German invasion of USSR, hiding in Tenczynek village near Krakow and later in Warsaw. Alice was deported to Lanshut slave labor camp, a sub-camp of Dachau, after the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. Immediately after the liberation, Roman found his small daughter Alinka and the small family was finally reunited. In 1946 the Berger family under the name Modzelewski (Roman's false name during the war) went to the US because Zygmunt Modzelewski was an official representative of the Polish Communist Government, but shortly after that he defected and decided they would stay in the US. Alice is married to Tom Schelling, she is a mother of two sons and a grandmother to their children. Contains a photograph depicts a group portrait of the Berger family in Borek Fałecki, Poland, near Kraków.

circa 1932
2 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Coleman Schelling
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:00:09
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