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Spangenthal family papers

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    The collection primarily contains the correspondence of Ludwig and Kurt Spangenthal, who immigrated to the United States in 1936 and 1938 respectively and settled in Baltimore, with their mother Marianne Spangenthal (née Schönemann) in Kassel, Germany prior to her deportation in 1942. Also included is correspondence between Ludwig, Kurt, and Marianne and Marianne’s brother Robert Schönemann, who immigrated to the United States in 1939. There is biographical material related to Ludwig which includes his German passport, photographs, scattered notes, and identification papers mostly related to education and employment.
    inclusive:  1929-1965
    bulk:  1936-1941
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dorothy and Julian Spangenthal
    Collection Creator
    Spangenthal family
    Ludwig Spangenthal (later Louis Spangenthal, 1916-2008) was born in Sontra, Germany to Robert (1886-1921) and Marianne (née Schönemann, 1883-1942) Spangenthal. He had one brother, Kurt (1918-1995). The family later moved to Kassel, Germany. Ludwig immigrated to the United States on board the SS Berengaria in 1936, and settled in Baltimore, Maryland with relatives. He worked at his relative’s business J. Schoeneman, Incorporated, a men’s clothing manufacturer. His brother Kurt immigrated in 1938 on board the SS Manhattan and joined Ludwig in Baltimore. Their maternal uncle Robert Schönemann (1886-1954) also immigrated to the United States in 1939. Kurt joined the United States Army in 1941. In May 1942 Marianne was deported to the Majdanek concentration camp where she likely perished.

    Physical Details

    German English
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as two series:
    Series 1: Biographical materials of Ludwig Spangenthal, 1929-circa 1951
    Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1965 and undated

    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

    Geographic Name
    Kassel (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Dorothy and Julian Spanganthal, son of Ludwig "Louis" Spangenthal.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:30:05
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