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Albersheim family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2007.18.1

The Albersheim family papers consist of biographical, photographic, and printed materials documenting Walter Albersheim from Billerbeck, Germany before World War II, his photography studios in Barcelona and Amsterdam during the Nazi years, his efforts to avoid deportation during the Holocaust, the liberation of Amsterdam, and Albersheim’s immigration to the United States with his wife and daughter after the war.

Biographical materials include birth, registration, marriage, and business records related to Walter Albersheim, a photocopy of his personal narrative in German and an English translation of it, an English translation of a book chapter about the Albersheim family, and English and German versions of the history of Walter’s nephew and niece, Rolf-Dieter and Eva Eichenwald, during the Holocaust, written by a high school class in Billerbeck. Walter’s narrative details his childhood in Billerbeck, his business ventures and his adventures spying on Nazis for the communists in Münster, his business ventures in Barcelona and meeting his wife there, and their first years in Amsterdam. The book chapter comes from Veronika Meyer-Ravenstein’s Zersplitterte Sterne, which the Museum’s library holds in its collection. The Eichenwald story traces the lives and fates of the Eichenwald children, who were deported to Riga in 1941 and to Auschwitz in 1943, where they perished.

Photographic materials includes an Albersheim family album, an Eichenwald family album, and two albums documenting the Liberation of Amsterdam. The Albersheim family album includes photographs of the family, Walter’s photo studio, Edith’s visit to her father in the Zand camp, and their postwar life in the Netherlands with the family dog. This series also includes loose photographs documenting the Albersheim family and their immigration to the United States.

Printed materials include a magazine containing reproductions of 1944 news articles about the Netherlands; four copies of the underground wartime newspaper Metro; and an issue of Het Parool, an issue of Algemeen Handelsblad, bulletins, and proclamations documenting the liberation of Amsterdam.

inclusive:  1933-2003
1 box
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Edith Chutkow
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:11:24
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