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Falik family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.303.4

The Falik family papers primarily consist of biographical materials and photographs related to the wartime and post-wartime experiences of Leon and Giza Falik with the Red Army and Polish Army, and Giza’s sister Mildred Stern’s experiences in Europe with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). The collection includes identification papers, Red Army and Polish Army papers, Leon’s medical papers, and photographs of post-war Germany and Europe, and the WAC.

The biographical materials include identification papers, Red Army and Polish Army papers, and immigration documents of Leon and Giza Falik. The identification papers are chiefly Polish and Russian passports. The army papers contain numerous certificates and official documents. Biographical materials of Leon Falik also include clippings; a medical notebook with descriptions of procedures and treatments; documents related to his medical career before, during, and after the war; and a manuscript of a speech about his wartime experiences. The series also contains copies of testimonies of the Sternschuss family from Yad Vashem.

The correspondence includes a letter to Giza Falik from Magen David Adom in Israel and a letter to Leon Falik regarding locating the children of Rabbi Roze in the United States.

The photographs series are primarily comprised of post-war photographs of Europe and the WAC. Many of the photographs were taken in Berlin. There are numerous photographs of Leon and Giza Falik in Polish and Red Army uniforms, often with other soldiers. The photographs of Mildred Stern are chiefly of her in uniform in several German cities. There are also photographs of a blackmarket in Berlin, children in displaced persons camps in Berlin, and a signed photograph of Mildred with Eleanor Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York. The series also includes four photograph albums of Mildred’s which contain photographs of her with the WAC in Europe, travel photographs, and clippings about the WAC. The black album contains photographs of friends and family, and travel in Israel, Greece, Italy, France, Monaco, Maine, and New Haven, Connecticut. The brown album contains photographs of Mildred and the WAC in Berlin and includes parties, sports, children’s summer camp, parades, and travel in other German cities and parts of Europe. The “flower” album contains photographs of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, England, and Scotland. The light brown album contains photographs, clippings, playbills, postcards, letters, and greeting cards related to the United States Army and the WAC. Additionally, there are press and official photographs not take by the Faliks or Mildred Stern. These include photos of the hanging of Benito Mussolini, wartime Europe in 1943-1944, and the WAC.

The printed material includes blank Nazi medal certificates, likely taken by Mildred Stern; a copy of the USAT Alexander newsletter; and a report in Yiddish from the Zionist Socialist Party.

inclusive:  1927-2000
bulk:  1930-1947
2 boxes
1 oversize folder
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shelley Falik and Imy Wax
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leon Falik
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:14:33
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