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Ratafia family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2005.198.1

The Ratafia family papers primarily relate to the post-war experiences of Tema, Lazarz, George, and Helene Ratafia in Poland and France. The collection includes biographical papers, immigration documents, publications, and photographs. There is some material related to relatives the Ratafia family of Warsaw, Poland as well as Tema’s family, the Ginzburgs of Wilno, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania).

The biographical material includes birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, and immigration and naturalization papers. Tema’s papers include documents regarding her false name and Christian identity, Leokadia Rynkiewich, used during and after the war to hide her Jewish background. George’s papers contain a copy of a baptism certificate also used while Tema continued to use her false identity. Also included are orphanage papers of George and Helene’s, and a birth certificate of Josefa Mackiewicz.

The printed materials contain three publications. Included is a copy of Dov Katzovich’s self-published memoir. Katzovich was related to Tema’s mother’s family. There is also a copy of Deutschland erwacht: Werden, Kampf und Sieg der NSDAP, often referred to as a cigarette album, which Gaston Ratafia carried with him as a cover while he fled Nazi-occupied Poland.

The photographs chiefly contain photos of the Ratafia family in post-war Poland and France, along with relatives of the Ratafia and Ginzburg families. Included are photographs of Tema’s mother, brother, and sister; Lazarz’s father, brother, sister, and pre-war girlfriend; and Josefa Mackiewicz. There is also a photograph Tema’s sister, Eta Golde, at what is probably Feldafing displaced person’s camp in Feldafing, Germany. Additionally, there is a photograph album for the wedding of Samuel Lavner and Eveline Steinmiler in 1957.

inclusive:  1871-2011
bulk:  circa 1930-1964
1 box
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George de Ratafia
Record last modified: 2021-04-22 15:44:13
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