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    The collection documents the Holocaust experiences of the Joseph family of Berlin, Germany. Included is wartime correspondence of Margot Hamburger (née Joseph) and her brother Bernard Joseph, both of whom emigrated from Berlin by 1940, and their parents Salli and Martha Joseph in Berlin. Other materials include identification papers, documents related to Margot and her husband Egon Hamburger’s time in Palestine, documents related to Bernard’s internment in Australia, and family photographs from Berlin and Palestine.
    inclusive:  1914-1997
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margot Hamburger
    Collection Creator
    Joseph family
    Salli Joseph (1886-1943) was born in Neuenbürg, Germany to Manne and Dorothea (née Danziger) Joseph. He served in World War I with the German Army, and earned the Iron Cross. After the war, he married Martha Danziger (1886-1943) and they settled in Berlin, Germany where they ran a tailoring business in their home. They had two children, Bernard (1920-1997) and Margot (1924-; later Margot Hamburger).

    Margot attended public schools until 1934, and then attended a Jewish school. She became a Zionist while in school and began planning to immigrate to Palestine. She joined Youth Aliyah in 1939, and on 25 March 1940 she sailed on the Marco Polo out of Trieste, Italy to Haifa, Palestine. She worked on a kibbutz called Ramat David for a little over two years. She would later work as a mail carrier and telephone operator. She was able to keep in contact with her parents, and received additional information about them through relatives and the International Red Cross. In October 1943, she learned from an aunt in the United States that her parents had been deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. She learned after the war that they were killed shortly after their arrival to the camp. She married Egon Hamburger (1913-1968) in 1950 in Israel, and they had two children. They immigrated to the United States in 1954.

    Bernard was able to get a work permit for England, and left Germany in 1939. He was sent to an internment camp in Tatura, Australia around 1941, and was sent back to England around 1943, where he settled in Leeds. He married Ruth Hilda Loew (1912-1985), also a Jewish refugee from Berlin, in 1944, and they immigrated to the United States after the war.

    Physical Details

    German English Hebrew
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as three series: Series 1: Biographical material, 1914-1997; Series 2: Correspondence, 1939-1947; Series 3: Photographs, circa 1918-1949

    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
    Tatura (Internment camp)

    Administrative Notes

    The papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Margot Hamburger in 2005.
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    2024-04-01 11:42:02
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