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Lajbman family papers

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.304.2

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    Overview

    Description
    The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Abram and Chaja Lajbman and their sons Isaac (later Jacques Leibman) and Bernard in Belgium. Included are biographical material, immigration papers, and photographs that document Isaac and Bernard’s survival in German-occupied Belgium as hidden children, Abram and Chaja’s false identities, and their immigration to the United States in 1953.

    Biographical materials include Abram and Chaja’s false identification cards, receipts for care packages of food sent to Chaja’s family in Belgium, Isaac’s Belgian military documents and a memoir, and restitution documents.

    Immigration papers document Chaja’s relatives Philip and Al Rothstein’s sponsorship of their immigration to the United States, Isaac’s ticket and travel documents for his immigration via the SS Ile de France, and letter to the American Embassy in Israel by Chaja on behalf of her sister Szyfra Grosman.

    Photographs include depictions of the pre-war Lajbman and Radziejewski families, Isaac and Bernard as hidden children, Isaac’s grandfather Jonah Lajbman in the Łódź ghetto (copyprint), Jewish soldiers in the Polish Army (Abram’s brother is second from right), the Quintin family, and the death notice for Philippe Laurent Cleeremans, whom Isaac befriended while hidden at Tourinnes-Saint-Lambert.
    Date
    inclusive:  circa 1930-2007
    bulk:  1939-1953
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jacques Leibman
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rosie Leibman
    Collection Creator
    Jacques Leibman
    Biography
    Isaac Lajbman (later Jacques Leibman, 1931-2011) was born on 1931 June 22 in Brussels, Belgium to Abram (later Abe Leibman, 1904-1990) and Chaja Sura (née Radziejewski, later Helen Leibman, 1907-1991) Lajbman. Abram and Chaja moved from Poland to Belgium in the interwar period, and Abram worked as a leather goods manufacturer. Isaac had two brothers, Bernard (b. 1938) and Raymond (b. 1946).

    The Lajbman family remained in Brussels after the German invasion. In the spring of 1942 Isaac's parents secured false papers for themselves and found hiding places for the children. Abram lived under the assumed name of Franz Joseph Dupont and Chaja under the name Helene Yvonne Duviensant. Isaac and Bernard were first hidden in Wilrijk (near Antwerp) and then in Marcinelle (near Charleroi). In both places food and sanitation were very poor, so in September 1942 they were moved to the village of Tourinnes-Saint-Lambert. There they lived with two separate families: Isaac with Alphonse and Marie Quintin, and Bernard with the Ravet family. Both families treated the children as one of their own until liberation. Isaac's mother, who paid for their upkeep, was able to visit them once a month.

    After the war the Lajbman family was reunited and moved to Ixelles, where they remained until immigrating to the United States. Abram, Chaja, and Bernard immigrated in 1953, and were sponsored by Chaja’s relatives Philip and Al Rothstein. Isaac immigrated to the United States separately after he finished his Belgian military service.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German English French
    Genre/Form
    Photographs.
    Extent
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as three series:
    Series 1: Biographical material, 1939-2007
    Series 2: Immigration, 1950-1959
    Series 3: Photographs, circa 1930-1979

    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

    Corporate Name
    Belgium. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Jacques Leibman in 2002.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-22 09:34:52
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