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Gerstle and Levi family collection

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    Overview

    Description
    The collection primarily consists of letters and documents regarding attempts to assist Sofie Gerstle and her son Gustav Gerstle emigrate from Stuttgart, Germany to the United States via Cuba in 1941. Also included is paperwork regarding Oskar Gerstle’s emigration from Munich, Germany to the United States, and Julius Gerstle’s application for citizenship. Includes correspondence with the State Department's Visa Division and details about the family's arrangements to secure ship tickets. Although Sophie and Gustav successfully gathered all the necessary paperwork to immigrate, the American consulate in Munich had closed before they were able to successfully leave Germany; both perished in the Holocaust. Also includes restitution paperwork and documents regarding the Levi family (Sofi's daughter Emma married Oscar Levi before the war), and a copy of the Gerstle/Levi family tree.
    Date
    inclusive:  1941-1982
    Collection Creator
    Sofie Gerstle
    Biography
    Sofie Gerstle (née Schwarz, 1871-1944) was married to Nathan Gerstle, who worked as a horse dealer. They had two sons: David (b. 1894) and Gustav (1897-1941). Sofie and Nathan raised their sons in Ichenhausen, Germany. During the Holocaust Sofie and Gustav attempted to emigrate from Stuttgart, Germany with the aid of relatives in the United States but were unsuccessful. Sofie was deported Theresienstadt in 1942 and then Auschwitz where she perished in 1944. Gustav was deported to Kaunas, Lithuania in November 1941 where he was killed.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German English
    Genre/Form
    Correspondence.
    Extent
    1 folder

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    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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    Provenance
    Dr. Gerard Levi donated his family's collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 23, 2006.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:17:09
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