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Joseph Tenenbaum papers

Document | Accession Number: 1987.081 | RG Number: RG-21

The collection documents the career of urologist, author, and activist Joseph Tenenbaum, originally of Sasów, Poland. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject files, photographs, and scrapbooks that document his medical career; his writings on medical topics, Judaism, and the Holocaust; his involvement in Jewish organizations such as the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Zionist Organization of America; and his work as the founder and chairman of the Joint Boycott Council of the American Jewish Congress (1933-1941), an organization that promoted the boycott of German materials in the United States in the years leading up to World War II.

Series 1: Biographical material contains identification papers, diplomas, papers related to Tenenbaum’s medical career, and passports. There are also documents related to his death in 1961, which are primarily obituaries and tributes.

Series 2: Correspondence contains Tenenbaum’s professional correspondence. Topics include the medical profession and his research, his publishing career, and his involvement with various advisory boards and Jewish organizations. His correspondence with his wife, Sheila Tenenbaum, from 1946 discusses his humanitarian trip to Poland. There is also related correspondence regarding his work with the Joint Boycott Council and other organizations in his scrapbooks organized in Series 6.

Series 3: Writings contains Tenenbaum’s published articles and essays, manuscripts, speeches, and writings by others. There is a significant amount of material related to an unpublished manuscript he was working on at the time of his death in 1961. The manuscript was about rescue operations during the Holocaust, and was tentatively titled Condemned to Die but also referred to as Ruin and Rescue. There are multiple drafts, partial drafts and fragments, and chapters of the book. The chapters are organized based on the table of contents accompanying the complete manuscript from 1961. There are also research notebooks and correspondence of Sheila Tenenbaum regarding her efforts to get the manuscript published. Writings by others include Folk und Velt, Jewish Spectator, Yad Washem Bulletin, a 1954 issue of the Russian-language newspaper "Meta"; a 02 November 1967 special issue of "The Jerusalem post"; a 06 November 1958 issue of "The day-Jewish journal" (in Hebrew); and fragments of the 28 February 1965 issue of the "New York times magazine" concerning war crimes trials.

Series 4: Subject files contains newsletters, pamphlets, conference materials, event invitations and other materials relevant to organizations Tenenbaum was involved in. Some material was acquired by his wife Sheila after his death.

Series 5: Photographs contains a small amount of photographs of Tenenbaum. Photographs include portraits, Tenenbaum in his World War I uniform, and organization events.

Series 6: Scrapbooks contains scrapbooks assembled by Tenenbaum. They are organized chronologically, and include clippings, correspondence, photographs, and event flyers and invitations.

inclusive:  1908-1990
13 boxes
8 oversize boxes
8 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jeannette Tenenbaum
Record last modified: 2021-11-23 16:01:15
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