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Olga Klein Astrachan papers

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    The Olga Klein Astrachan papers consist of original and photocopied biographical and photographic materials and personal narratives documenting Russian‐born Olga Klein Astrachan and her family’s survival in France during the Holocaust. The papers also include postcards from her husband’s relatives confined to the Otwock ghetto and printed materials documenting German‐occupied France and French collaboration.
    Biographical materials include identification and registration papers for the Astrachan and Klein families in France, receipts documenting efforts to send help to Astrachan family members in the Otwock ghetto, and a letter documenting Olga Klein Astrachan’s work for the French resistance.
    Olga Klein Astrachan’s personal narratives document her memories, friends, difficult decisions, and dangerous moments she spent living under the German occupation in France.
    The photographs in this collection are reproductions depicting Olga Klein Astrachan, her father‐in‐law Nissan Astrachan, her husband Loca Astrachan, and their friends Marcus, Sonia, and Genia Schapiro who were deported from Toulouse in 1944 and killed in the Holocaust.
    Postcards from Nissan Astrachan and Bronja Bielkin in the Otwock ghetto were smuggled to Olga and Lazar Astrachan in France via Switzerland and describe hunger, cold, illness, need, and Nissan Astrachan’s death in the ghetto.
    Printed materials document German‐occupied France and French collaboration.
    inclusive:  circa 1910-1998
    Collection Creator
    Olga Klein Astrachan
    Olga Klein Astrachan (1907-1999) was born in Saint Petersburg to Nikolas and Bronislava Klein. Her family escaped Russia during the revolution, and she was raised in Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany. She studied fine arts in Berlin, moved to Paris in 1933, and married Lazar (Loca) Astrachan (1903-1980) in 1937. In June 1940, Olga and her family fled to Biarritz, Pau, and eventually Toulouse. Olga and her husband were sent to Font-Romeu but returned to Toulouse, and her parents were sent to a forced residence in Carbonne. They survived the war with the help of friends and neighbors, and Olga returned to Paris and resumed her art following the war. Lazar's father, Nissan Astrachan, died of hunger in the Otwock ghetto, and the rest of his family also perished in the Holocaust.

    Physical Details

    French English German
    5 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Olga Klein Astrachan papers are arranged as a single series: I. Olga Klein Astrachan papers, approximately 1910-1998

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of these material(s). The Museum does not own the copyright for the material and does not have authority to authorize use. For permission, please contact the rights holder(s).

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    Administrative Notes

    Olga Klein Astrachan donated the Olga Klein Astrachan papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996, 1997, and 1998. The accessions formerly cataloged as 1996.94, 1997.A.0208, and 1998.A.0075 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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