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Ludwig Hiss collection

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    The collection documents the post-war experiences of Ludwig Hiss of Borysław, Poland in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; other DP camps in Linz, Austria; and the Bellfaire orphanage in Cleveland, Ohio. Documents include a civilian transportation pass from Linz; a newspaper clipping describing Ludwig’s story; and two writings of Ludwig describing his experiences during and after the war. Photographs include depictions of the DP camps, Ludwig’s immigration to the United States onboard the SS Marine Perch, and the Bellfaire orphanage he lived in after he arrived. There are also a few pre-war photographs of the Hiss family in Borysław.
    inclusive:  1935-1961
    bulk:  1945-1947
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Laura Ginns
    Collection Creator
    Ludwig Hiss
    Ludwig Hiss (1929-2016) was born on 1 December 1929 in Lwów, Poland (present day Lviv, Ukraine) to Joseph (1900-1945) and Ida (née Sigulim) Hiss. The family moved to Borysław, Poland (present day Boryslav, Ukraine) when Ludwig was one year old. Joseph was an engineer and worked for the Carpathian Oil Company. In 1942 the Jews of Borysław were moved to a ghetto. Ludwig was a forced-laborer, and was detained several times. The family was then deported to the Płaszów concentration camp. Ludwig and his father were deported to the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1943. Ludwig’s mother was later deported from Płaszów to the Auschwitz concentration camp where she perished. While at Mauthausen, Ludwig worked in the kitchen, and his father briefly worked in the stone quarry. After about 3 months Ludwig and his father were deported to another concentration camp in Linz, Austria. Ludwig’s father died 2 days before the camp was liberated.

    After liberation, Ludwig lived in a displaced persons camp in Linz and got a job working for the United States Army. After the camp was shut down, Ludwig went a DP camp in Salzburg, Austria. From there he went to the Zeilsheim DP camp near Frankfurt, Germany. In 1947, he immigrated to the United States on the SS Marine Perch. He went to the Bellfaire Jewish orphanage in Cleveland, Ohio. where he learned English and went to school. In 1948 Ludwig joined the United States Army. After the army, he eventually founded a custom home building company. He and his wife Carolyn, along with their two children Laura and Joseph, later settled in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Physical Details

    English Yiddish
    8 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as one series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) 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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hiss, Ludwig, 1929-2016.

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Laura Ginns.
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    2023-02-24 14:29:59
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