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Hannah Kastan Weiss papers

Document | Accession Number: 1996.23

The Hannah Kastan Weiss papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, and printed materials documenting the Kastan family of Berlin, Germany, including Hannah Kastan; her father Günter, who performed forced labor at the Monowitz concentration camp; and his parents, Harry and Magdalena Kastan, who raised Hannah as their own child and protected her from deportation. Records include wartime and postwar identification papers, ration tickets, letters written from the Monowitz concentration camp, and immigration documents.

Biographical materials document the lives of Hannah, Harry, and Magdalena Kastan in Berlin during World War II and following liberation and their immigration to the United States in 1947. Records include identification papers, registrations, permissions, exemptions, travel papers, immigration documents, vaccination records, ration tickets, and a photograph of Hannah just after liberation.

Correspondence consists of letters and postcards sent by Günter Kastan from the Monowitz concentration camp (Auschwitz III) to his parents and daughter in Berlin from approximately 1943-1945. The authorized postcards contain brief greetings and reassurances that Günter is well. The clandestine letters relate Günter’s worries for his family and news of friends; request supplies such as food, cigarettes, clothing, soap, and writing paper; describe general conditions, work, and holidays in the camp; and ask about his daughter.

Printed materials include a page from a 1947 issue of the newspaper N.Y. Staats-Zeitung und Herold containing an article about Hannah Kastan as well as sheet music and lyrics for the protest song Wir sind die Moorsoldaten.

inclusive:  circa 1939-1950
10 folders
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hannah Kastan Weiss
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 12:59:02
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