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Itzhak Karpman photograph collection

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    The Itzhak Karpman collection consists of photographs of Itzhak Karpman and his work with Hashomer Hatzair, Hashomer Haleumi, and Hanoar Hatzioni, and his work in hachsharot in Poland; and his life in Palestine after emigrating there in 1936.
    creation:  1929-1943
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Karpman
    Collection Creator
    Itzhak Karpman
    Itzhak Jacob Karpman (1914-1997) was born on April 11, 1914 in Warsaw, Poland. He was the youngest of five children of Abraham and Hanna Premsky Karpman. His siblings: Regina Chaicze, Fela Feigl, Marysia Masha and Meir Bezalel and their mother, Hanna, were all deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the Treblinka killing center. Abraham Karpman died in the ghetto in 1941.
    Before the war the Karpman family lived on Graniczna Street in Warsaw. Itzhak graduated from high school and later attended the Business Administration School in Warsaw. As a young man he became very involved in a Zionist youth movement; at first he joined “Hashomer Ha’tzair” and later “Hashomer Haleumi,” which later became “Hashomer Ha’tzioni.” Itzhak demonstrated exceptional organizational skills and quickly became a member of the Executive Board (“Hanhaga Rashit”) of the movement. He traveled extensively in Poland and in Lithuania between the different branches of the “Hashomer Ha’tzioni” on the behalf of the Board. Itzhak had excellent communication skills, which helped him to develop good contacts with leaders of other Zionist organizations in Poland. In addition he served as one of the editors of “Bloy-Vays,” a Yiddish Zionist newspaper in Vilna. Itzhak Karpman was very popular among the members of the “Hashomer Ha’tzioni” with whom he spent many summers and winters in “hachsharot” – preparation for immigration to Palestine. He participated in many official meetings of the movement, which were held at different locations. In 1936 Itzhak realized the dream of his group and immigrated to Palestine. He joined a kibbutz at first, but after a short while he settled in Tel Aviv and worked for the Zionist Confederation of Palestine. Itzhak married Esther Goldfinger, his longtime girlfriend, on December 22, 1939. In 1946 Itzhak moved his family to the US, where he became the director of the World Confederation of General Zionists. In later years he devoted his time to publishing and editing books in the field of Judaica, among them “The Standard Jewish Encyclopedia;” he was the founder of the Encyclopedia Judaica Research Foundation and executive editor of the “Oxford Dictionary of Jewish religion.” Itzhak and Esther Karpman have three children: Dahlia, Daniel and Diana as well as five grandchildren: Jonathan, Michael, Deborah, Reuben and Hanna. Itzhak died in 1997. Esther Karpman currently resides in New York City.

    Physical Details

    Polish Hebrew
    5 folders
    1 oversize box
    System of Arrangement
    The Itzhak Karpman collection is arranged in a single series.

    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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Geographic Name
    Poland. Warsaw (Poland)

    Administrative Notes

    Esther Karpman donated the Itzhak Karpman photograph collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000. Esther Karpman is the widow of Itzhak Karpman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 14:19:45
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