Gerda and Sylva Löwenstein papers
The Gerda and Sylva Löwenstein papers consist of identification papers documenting Gerda Levy in Berlin before the war; a birth certificate, photographs, and student records documenting Sylva Löwenstein in Berlin before the war; and a diary and poetry written by Sylva Löwenstein while imprisoned in concentration camps during the Holocaust and at the Deggendorf displaced persons camp after the war.
Gerda Löwenstein materials include her German identification card and the children’s identification card she used to leave Germany and enter the United Kingdom on a 1939 Kindertransport.
Sylva Löwenstein materials include Sylva’s birth certificate, student records, diary, photographs, and poems. Her diary dates from August 15, 1945 through September 20, 1946. It begins by describing her prewar life in Germany, Nazi persecution of Jews, her deportation to Theresienstadt with her parents, her transport to Auschwitz with her parents, the murder of her parents, her transfer to a labor camp at Birnbäumel, her forced march to Gross Rosen, liberation by the Russian Army, her decision to immigrate to the United States, and being taken to Winzer and then Deggendorf to await her chance for
immigration. This narrative is interspersed with poems she composed during the Holocaust. The diary then picks up with periodic descriptions of her daily life working in the Deggendorf displaced persons camp, dating, going to movies, receiving mail from her surviving family members, and making plans to immigrate. The diary includes cultural programs Sylva taped into it. This series also includes two photographs depicting Sylva in Berlin before the war and in Bavaria after the war, additional copies of the poems copied into Sylva’s diaries, and several more poems she wrote at Deggendorf.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Lowenstein
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gerda Lowenstein
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