Gerard Fields family papers
Contains information about the family's life in France and Germany and their Holocaust experiences.
1 oversize box
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gerard Fields
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Also in Gerard Fields family collection
The collection consists of a microscope and accessories, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences Gerard Blumenfeld (later Fields) and his family in France and Germany before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Leitz brass compound microscope, with fitted case and accessories, that belonged to Gerard Fields. It is likely that the microscope was brought to the US by his father Edgar, a chemical engineer. Edgar and his wife Anna left Germany in 1933 for France rather than live under the Nazi regime. Germany occupied France in June 1940. After Edgar was demobilized from the French Army in 1941, he arranged for the family to go to the US. In December 1941, they sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, to Havana, Cuba, where they waited to receive US visas. In spring 1942, the family left for Chicago, joining Edgar's brother Gerard, who had emigrated in 1941.