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    The William Schulkin papers contain primarily correspondence between William Schulkin, a dental technician in New York and his siblings in Europe, through the 1930s and World War II. The letters cover a variety of topics but many concern William’s attempts to assist his family in immigrating to the United States. Other documents included in the papers are affidavits for his family members, photographs, and various notes and receipts.
    inclusive:  circa 1908-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vicki Schulkin
    Collection Creator
    William Schulkin
    William Schulkin (1887-1963) was born to Abraham Schulkin and Maryashe Slotar in Stowbtsy, Russia (now Stoubtsy, Belarus). William had seven brothers and sisters, named: Isaac, Rachel, Ida, Celia, Fanny, Elena, and Yakov. In addition, William had three additional siblings from Abraham’s first marriage to Esther Briny before she died, whose names were: Jesse, Nechama, and Nathan. Abraham worked as a manager for a local branch of a German timber company called Stolz, and was wealthy enough to afford maids and cooks. In the early 20th century, Jesse, Nathan, Nechamky, Rachel, and William moved to the United States. However, William did not like living in America, and returned to Europe. Abraham’s business relocated soon after to Vilnius, to take advantage of the growing commercial center there. With the outbreak of World War I, William was sent back to New York to avoid being drafted. He trained to become a dental technician, and married Fannie Shapiro. His business grew in the 1920s, and was prosperous before he bought gold from a dentist supply company and was later robbed, placing him in debt. William and Fannie had two children, Victor and Ben, though Victor died at the age of 14. While living in the United States during World War II, William kept in contact with his siblings living overseas, and attempted to obtain visas for them to immigrate to the United States.

    Physical Details

    18 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The William Schulkin papers are arranged into two series:
    •Series 1: Correspondence, 1922-1946
    •Series 2: Various, approximately 1908-1946

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    Conditions on Access
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    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.

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    Administrative Notes

    The William Schulkin papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1992 by Vicki Schulkin, William’s granddaughter. The papers were donated as one collection and given the accession number 1992.183, but the documents were later removed and given a new accession number, 1995.A.0366. These documents were later unified with the remaining items in 1992.183, and given the extension 1992.183.10.
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