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Fröhlich and Judas families papers

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    Collection consists of photographs from the family of Harry Frohlich (born Harald Fröhlich), originally of Vienna, Austria, and his wife, Inge (née Judas) Frohlich, originally of Ihringen, Germany. Includes a certificate from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, recognizing Harald Fröhlich's contributions as an agricultural worker during World War II, a photograph of him repairing typewriters, circa 1940s, and one photograph album of the Fröhlich family, with photographs from both before and after their emigration from Austria, circa 1930s-1940s. Also included are photographs of the Judas family, circa 1930s, and a file of documents related to the estate of Isaak Judas, 1952-1989. An additional photo album, circa 1940s, shows photographs of both Harald Fröhlich and Inge Judas and their respective families and friends, in Switzerland.
    inclusive:  1939-1989
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Royce Froehlich
    Collection Creator
    Harry Frohlich
    Inge Frohlich
    Harry Frohlich (1925-1997) was born Harald Fröhlich in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ignatz and Rosa (née Hutschnecker) Fröhlich. After the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, the Fröhlich family, after witnessing one of Ignatz's brothers being arrested and placed on a truck, decided to leave Austria immediately. The family travelled by train to the west, and when they determined they were likely in Switzerland, they exited the train and sought shelter there. They were initially taken to a prison, and then to a refugee camp in Buchberg/Schaffhausen. Harry celebrated his bar mitzvah there in December 1938, and attended school there, where he met Ingeborg Judas, who had escaped from Germany, and who he would eventually marry. After his schooling, he apprenticed to repair typewriters, which he did from 1946-1948, until he left for Israel, to train displaced persons in the vocational courses offered by ORT. Returning to Switzerland, he married Ingeborg Judas in 1951, and shortly thereafter they immigrated to the United States, settling in New York.
    Inge Frohlich (1925-2006) was born Ingeborg Judas in 1925 in Ihringen, Germany, the daughter of Isaak and Selma Judas, who also had one other daughter, Gretel (born 1921). In November 1938, Selma Judas accompanied Gretel to Hamburg, as Gretel left Germany for the United States, and was in that city on Kristallnacht. Inge, who was in Ihringen, witnessed the destruction of the city's synagogue, and following this, the family was evicted from their home and forced to live with relatives in Freiburg. In 1939, prior to the outbreak of war, Inge was sent on a "Kindertransport" to Switzerland, living with a Jewish family in Schaffhausen, and serving as their maid. She attended school there, where she met her future husband, Harry Fröhlich, before leaving to work as a maid in Lausanne, and eventually returning to Schaffhausen. In 1946, she immigrated to the United States to live with her sister in New York, but returned to Switzerland in 1951 to marry Harry Fröhlich, following which he joined her in New York. She pursued a career as a dental hygienist, and the couple, who anglicized their last name to Froehlich, and later Frohlich, had one son, Royce (born 1955). Inge Frohlich died in Queens, New York, in 2006. Her parents, who had remained in Germany during World War II, were eventually deported to Auschwitz, where both were killed.

    Physical Details

    6 folders
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The Frohlich and Judas families papers are arranged in two series: I. Documents, II. Photographs.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Copyright to unpublished materials created by Harry and Inge Frohlich resides with the donor. Other material in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Gift of Royce Froehlich, the son of Harry and Inge Frohlich, 2016.
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