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Werner Isenberg papers

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    The Werner Isenberg papers include biographical materials and correspondence documenting Werner Isenberg’s family from Dortmund, their emigration from Nazi Germany to South Africa and the United States, and relatives murdered in the Holocaust.
    Biographical materials include passports for Lina and Simon Isenberg as well as certificates required for emigration. This series also includes a list of relatives of Werner and Therese Isenberg from the Isenberg, Kleeblatt, Freund, Bendorf, Hainebach, Stahl, Kahn, and Levy families who were murdered during the Holocaust.
    The correspondence series primarily documents Werner Isenberg’s immigration to the United States and his parents’ relocation to South Africa before World War II. Correspondence includes letters and telegrams exchanged between Werner, Kurt, Lina, and Simon Isenberg and Melvin Kleeblatt as well as official correspondence from the American Consulate in Stuttgart, the Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, and the Jüdische Religionsgemeinde Dortmund. This series also includes correspondence documenting efforts by Lina and Therese Isenberg to trace their relatives both before and after the
    inclusive:  1937-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Werner Isenberg
    Collection Creator
    Werner Isenberg
    Werner Isenberg (1911‐1994) was born in Dortmund, Germany, to Simon (1875‐1964) and Lina Isenberg (née Kleeblatt, 1881‐?). His older brother Kurt (1912‐2001) moved to South Africa in 1936. Werner immigrated to the United States in 1938 with the help of his mother’s step‐nephew Melvin Kleeblatt (1905‐1990). Werner’s parents joined Kurt in South Africa in 1939, and the three joined Werner in the United States in 1947. Werner’s wife Therese (Trudi) immigrated to the United States from Ober‐Ramstadt in 1938. Her father was murdered in Treblinka.

    Physical Details

    German English Polish
    13 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Werner Isenberg papers are arranged as two series: I. Biographical materials, 1937-1946, II. Correspondence, 1937-1946

    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.

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    Administrative Notes

    Werner and Therese Isenberg donated the Werner Isenberg papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993, 1994, and 1999. The accessions formerly cataloged as 1995.A.0189 and 1998.A.0289 have been incorporated into this collection.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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