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Frank Meissner papers

Document | Accession Number: 2004.692.1

The Frank Meissner papers contain material related to Frank Meissner, a student and member of a Zionist youth group who fled Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) and attended school in Denmark, Sweden, and England during World War II. The majority of the papers are correspondence from Frank’s parents, living in his hometown of Třešť, and later Theresienstadt concentration camp. In addition, the collection includes school, financial, and identification documents. The photographs in the collection are of Frank and his family, the town of Třešť, and various moments during his time as a student in England and Denmark. Also included are two diaries and an autograph book.

The majority of the Frank Meissner papers contain correspondence from Frank’s parents while he was away in Prague, and later at school in Denmark and Sweden. Both Charlotte and Norbert shared space on the letters, and often brother Leo would be included as well. The correspondence were written from Frank’s hometown of Třešt̕, and later Theresienstadt concentration camp, where his parents were imprisoned. Correspondence from after the war are mainly from friends. Other material in the collection are documents obtained by Frank throughout his time away at school. His school documents include report cards, certificates of adulthood, and various other papers from the Agricultural College of Sweden and the Veterinary and Agricultural College at the University of Copenhagen. The financial documents contains bank books and other concerns for Frank involving transferring currency to Sweden and a letter concerning his father’s estate after the war. The identification documents include a proof of residency and testimony to Frank’s attendance at school. Also included in the collection are photographs of Frank’s family and hometown, two personal diaries, an autograph book, and items Frank collected later in life such as photocopies of an article concerning the history of the Jews in Trest and a German picture book displaying images of various concentration camps.

Date
inclusive:  1938-1995
Extent
1 box
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margit Meissner
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:07:25
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