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Hockenheimer, Loewenthal, Fraenkel, and Brock families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.500.1

The Hockenheimer, Loewenthal, Fraenkel, and Brock families papers include photographs, family trees, biographical materials, identification papers, certificates, school records, immigration and naturalization records, correspondence, and research materials relating to Ralph Martin Hockley (formerly Rudolf Martin Hockenheimer), Eva Fraenkel Hockley, and their families from Germany. The papers document the Hockenheimer family’s experiences seeking refuge in France, working with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and immigrating to the United States via Trinidad; and the Fraenkel family’s experiences seeking refuge in England, immigration to the United States, and relatives in Drohobycz (now Drohobych, Ukraine). Records also document the Brock and Loewenthal families who were related to the Hockenheimer and Fraenkel families by marriage. The papers also include information about Dr. Howard E. Kershner and his service as director of AFSC wartime relief operations in southern France.

Hockenheimer family materials include photographs, family trees, biographical materials, school and military records, and immigration and naturalization records. Photographs include two class photographs from Rudi Hockenheimer’s childhood, a photograph of Rudi in southern France, and a photograph of the American Friends Service Committee staff in southern France including Mary Elmes and Alice Resch Synnestvedt. Family trees describe the Hockenheimer and Loewenthal families. Documents related to Julius and Lilli Hockenheimer and their Hockenheimer relatives include family information, correspondence, photographs of tombs, citizenship records, and birth and marriage certificates. These records also include a deportation certificate and envelopes documenting Clara Hockenheimer’s deportation to Gurs. Rudi Hockenheimer’s school and military records include report cards from Germany and France, a diploma from France, and US military instructions. Immigration and naturalization records include correspondence, travel documents, and naturalization certificates.

Fraenkel family materials include family trees, identification papers, certificates, correspondence, and research materials documenting Ralph Hockley’s first wife, Eva Fraenkel, and her family. Family trees document the Fraenkel and Brock families. Eva Fraenkel Hockley and Fraenkel family materials include identification papers; birth, marriage, residency, vaccination, and naturalization certificates; drivers’ licenses; and correspondence. Research material documents Ralph Hockley’s efforts to understand the fate of Kurt Fraenkel.

Additional documentation includes correspondence and memorial records documenting Dr. Howard E. Kershner, his work as director of the American Friends Service Committee programs in France during the Holocaust including feeding programs and children's colonies, and his legacy. Dr. Kershner materials also include and audiotape recording of his memorial service. This series also includes a report on the fate of Jews from Hockenheim and a DVD containing a photomontage created for Ralph Hockley’s 90th birthday.

inclusive:  1886-2016
bulk:  1938-1945
1 cassette.
1 DVD.
1 box
2 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ralph M. Hockley
Record last modified: 2020-04-07 08:44:38
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