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Bienstock family papers

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    The Bienstock family papers document the experiences of Dreisel and Wolf Bienstock and their children Joseph and Martha Bienstock as they fled Nazi Germany in 1938. The papers include immigration and identification documents; copies of letters Martha Bienstock sent from Lisbon, Portugal to family members and her friend Gisa; restitution papers with testimonial statements regarding their men’s clothing business; and a photocopy of a newspaper with an article about the Bienstock’s business not being open on Saturdays. There is also a Polish poverty certificate of Abraham Singer, whose relation to the family is unknown.
    inclusive:  1919-1997
    bulk:  1940-1958
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jill Padawer Gemmill
    Collection Creator
    Bienstock family
    Wolf Bienstock (1897-1995) married Dreisel Stern (later Dora Bienstock; 1896-1993) in 1919. Wolf and Dreisel were both Polish, but moved to Dortmund, Germany where they owned a men’s clothing business. They had two children: Joseph (b. 1919) and Martha (later Martha Padawer; 1924-2012). In 1938, they were forced to sell their business and they made plans to leave Germany. They fled Germany in September 1938 by paying someone to smuggle them to Belgium. They were in Antwerp, Belgium until May 1940, and then went to France where they were in a detention camp for a short while. After they were released, they went to Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, they were able to secure visas and immigrated to the United States in 1941. In 1942, they settled in Howell, New Jersey and purchased a chicken farm.

    Physical Details

    German English Polish
    8 folders
    1 oversize folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Bienstock family papers are arranged alphabetically as one series.

    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

    Geographic Name
    Dortmund (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    The Bienstock family papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Jill Padawer Gemmill in 2015.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:25:57
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