Metal identification tag used by Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to the US
- Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Stefi Geisel
Identification tag that was owned by Stefi and Gustav Geisel. They had emigrated separately to the United States in 1938 to escape the harsh persecutions of Jews in Nazi Germany. They met in Chicago and married in 1942. Stefi had lived in Mosbach, Germany, with her parents and younger brother, Walter. In 1938, 18 year old Stefi Siegel was sent to live with relatives in Chicago. Her parents left for England that year and arrived in the US in 1943. Walter had been sent to the Netherlands; after Germany occupied the country in 1940, he was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp, then to Bergen Belsen, where he died of typhus in March 1945. Gustav was from Rheinbach, Germany, and had left Germany in 1938 to live with relatives in Chicago. His brother, Albert, arrived in 1940 and their parents, Hermann and Sophie, were able to come to the US after both brothers were drafted into the US Army in 1942.
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Also in Gustav and Stefi Geisel collection
The collection consists of artifacts, correspondence, documents, and photographs relating to the experience of Stefi Siegel and her family in Germany before and during the Holocaust and of Stefi and Gustav Geisel in the United States during and after the Holocaust.
The Stefi Geisel papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, photographic materials, printed materials, and writings documenting the lives of the Siegel and Geisel families in Germany before the war, Stefi and Gus Geisel’s immigration to the United States, and Walter Siegel’s experiences in the Netherlands before his deportation and death at Bergen Belsen. Biographical materials consist of yahrzeit calendars for Hedwig and Martin Moritz and Siegfried Siegel, death announcements for Hedwig Moritz and Walter Siegel, Gustav Geisel’s 1933 driver’s license, a birth certificate and tax document for Stefi Geisel, Friedel and Siegfried Siegel’s marriage certificate and English certificates of identity, Siegfried’s visa quota number, fragments of a record documenting Siegfried’s imprisonment in Dachau following Kristallnacht, and certificates of good conduct for Walter. Correspondence consists primarily of letters from Walter Siegel in Haarlem and Rotterdam to his parents and his sister in London and Chicago. This series also includes Red Cross messages to Walter from his parents and his sister, letters documenting his family’s efforts find him after the war, and a scrapbook containing congratulations he and his family received on the occasion of Walter’s Bar Mitzvah. Photographic materials include two photograph albums and loose photographs of Stefi Geisel and her Siegel and Moritz family and friends in Mosbach, Mainz, Hamburg, London, and Chicago and Gus Geisel and his family and friends in Rheinbach, Berlin, and vacation sites. Family members depicted include Stefi’s parents, grandfather Martin Moritz, grandmothers Hedwig Moritz and Clara Siegel, aunts Erna Moritz and Rina Bachrach, and cousins Judith and Margot Moritz and Clare Bachrach, as well as Gus’s parents and brother Albert Geisel. Printed materials include a 1945 program for a Jewish religious service celebrating the Allied victory and a 1956 issue of K.C. Blätter, the magazine of Gustav Geisel’s fraternity. Writings consist of Eduard Geisel’s Franco-Prussian War diary describing his mobilization and movements with the 11th Company, 2nd Rhine Infantry Regiment, Nr 28; Gustav Geisel’s travel diary written aboard the Queen Mary on his way to America; a poem celebrating the marriage of Siegfried and Friedel Siegel; and poems and songs celebrating Walter Siegel’s Bar Mitzvah.
Leather wallet used by 18 year old Stefi Siegel when she emigrated to the United States in September 1938 from Mosbach, Germany. After Hitler came to power in 1933, policies were put in place that persecuted and excluded Jews from German society. In 1938, Stefi's parents, Siegfried and Friedel, managed to send her to the United States; her 15 year old brother, Walter, was sent to the Netherlands to learn a trade and possibly emigrate to Palestine. Her parents emigrated to England in 1939 and would get to the US in 1943. In spring 1940, Germany occupied the Netherlands. Walter eventually was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp, then to Bergen Belsen, where he died of typhus in March 1945.
Commemorative book published by the American branch of this Jewish fraternal organization. K-C [Kartell-Convent der Verbindungen Deutscher Studenten Juedischen Glaubens] was a national organization that brought together Jewish student fraternities in Germany. The K-C was outlawed in 1933/34 by the Nazi government, along with other Jewish groups.