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Strauss family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.565.1

The collection primarily documents the wartime and post-war experiences of the Strauss family as they fled Nazi persecution in Marburg, Germany to Amsterdam, the Netherlands; their internment at Westerbork concentration camp; and their deportations to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps. Included are biographical papers, correspondence, immigration documents, restitution claims paperwork, photographs, and printed materials.

The biographical material includes identification papers such birth, marriage, and death certificates; genealogy research; documents regarding Siegfried and Marion Strauss’s displaced persons status; and Karl Walter Strauss’s United States Army papers. There are also some biographical papers related to Marguerite Strauss’s father Carl Wolff.

The correspondence includes letters exchanged with extended family members while the Strausses were in Amsterdam and Westerbork; correspondence with John Kok who taught Marion while in the family was in Amsterdam; prewar correspondence of Siegfried’s father, Hermann Strauss, and his grandfather, Koppel Strauss; prewar correspondence of Marguerite’s parents Adele and Carl Wolff; and postwar letters sent to Marion from her aunt Julie Rosenau.

The immigration papers contain affidavits, letters supporting visa requests, travel documents, and naturalization certificates.

The restitution claims of Marion Strauss include correspondence, personal narratives, financial documents, and paperwork regarding stolen artwork. There is also a small amount of restitution paperwork for Ernst Strauss.

The photographs contain prewar and postwar photos of the Strauss family in Germany and the United States. Included are candid, portrait, and travel photographs.

The printed material includes clippings; copies of poems, a copy of Indrukken in Westerbork, a collected book of poems about Westerbork; a French assignat, and two medical textbooks belong to Marion Strauss with homemade book covers and ex libris plates.

inclusive:  1792-2003
bulk:  1844-1966
2 boxes
2 oversize boxes
2 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Daniel Sapir
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 14:26:17
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