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Martin Perlmutter papers

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    The Martin Perlmutter papers contain biographical materials and photographs documenting Perlmutter’s time in Italy with his wife, primarily in the Bari displaced persons camp, after World War II before their immigration to the United States. Many of the photographs depict camp demonstrations against British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin and restrictive Palestine immigration policies.
    Biographical materials include identification papers and travel papers documenting the displaced persons status of Martin and Dora Perlmutter and their immigration to the United States. Documents include immigration and naturalization records; displaced person, camp, and Red Cross identification papers; a letter from Perlmutter’s cousin, also named Martin Perlmutter; receipts documenting the couple’s passage to New York; and vaccination records.
    Photographs depict scenes in Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy and at the displaced persons camp in Bari, Italy. They document camp life; demonstrations against British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin and restrictive Palestine immigration policies; the chief rabbi of Israel’s visit to the camp; and sports events at the camp.
    inclusive:  1945-1948
    Collection Creator
    Martin Perlmutter
    Martin Perlmutter (1918-2005) was born Maier Margulies Perlmutter to a Polish family while they were evacuated to Boskovice, Czechoslovakia, during World War II. His parents were Jakob and Dora Perlmutter. In 1921 the family returned to Sasów, Poland, which was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1939. He was drafted into the Soviet army in 1941, survived the battle of Smolensk against the invading German forces, escaped a prisoner transport, and walked home to Sasów, which was then occupied by the Germans. He spent time in the concentration camps at Sasów, Zloczow, Lackie Wielkie, and Lemberg-Janowskastrasse before escaping again and hiding in the woods near Jasionów, Poland. He married his first wife, Dora Safier Perlmutter (1925-1950) in 1945, and the couple spent twenty two months in the displaced persons camp at Bari before immigrating to the United States in November 1947.

    Physical Details

    8 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Martin Perlmutter papers are arranged in two series: I. Biographical materials, 1945-1948, II. Photographs, 1945-1947

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    The papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Martin Perlmutter in 1999.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:14:59
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