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Morris and Lucy Breitbart papers

Document | Accession Number: 1996.A.0391.2

The Morris and Lucy Breitbart papers contain documents and photographs concerning Morris Breitbart of Szczakowa, Poland and his wife, Lucy Gliklich of Nisko, Poland, whom he married at the Rosenheim displaced persons camp after World War II in 1949. Included in the collection is a diary written by Morris while he was in hiding in Poland from 1943 until 1944, postwar documents regarding his credentials as a dentist, immigration to the United States, and restitution claims against the German government. Photographs in this collection depict the Gliklich family before the war in Nisko, Poland, after the war in the Berlin-Schtachtensee displaced persons camp, and depict the Breitbart family in Szczakowa, Poland and the Zełow ghetto between 1940 and 1943.

The Morris and Lucy Breitbart papers comprise photographs and documents that detail the couple’s war time experiences, family situations before World War II, and life immediately after the war ended. The documents in this collection almost exclusively pertain to Morris’s life between 1943 while he was in hiding in Poland until 1956, when he received notice the he had been granted United States citizenship. Material documenting Morris’s wartime experiences include a diary he kept on scraps of paper while in hiding in an attic and then a barn. The diary describes his circumstances and feelings during the Holocaust. Post-war materials comprised in this collection document Morris’s career as a dentist and includes a trade union identification card, certifications of coursework, and a student identification card from the Munich Dentistry Institute. Also include are several certificates Morris obtained in 1949 shortly after his marriage, presumably as part of his immigration preparation. Restitution paperwork and naturalization paperwork is also comprised within. The only document in this collection that pertains to Lucy is a diploma she received while living in the Berlin-Schtachtensee displaced persons camp in 1946, which authorized her to work as a radio telegraphist. The photographs here within depict the Breitbart family largely before the war in Szczakowa, Poland in 1939 and earlier and in the Zelów ghetto between 1939 and 1943. Some of the images from Zelów depict Morris and his friends wearing the Star of David. Also included are pictures of Jewish soldiers in the Polish Army in the 1920s and one image from a forced labor camp in Poland. Pictures of the Gliklich family are primarily from the post-war period and depict the family in the Berlin-Schtachtensee displaced persons camp, their immigration to the United States, and life in New Jersey in the 1950s and 1960s.

inclusive:  1912-1966
bulk:  1945-1949
1 box
24 folders
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:01:03
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