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William Rosenwald Family Association selected records

Document | Accession Number: 2017.456.1

The collection contains affidavits, correspondence, reports, financial documents, and similar materials documenting the philanthropic activities of the children of late Sears, Roebuck and Company president Julius Rosenwald. Referred to as the “German Relatives Program,” their activities enabled numerous members of the Rosenwald and Nussbaum families, members of their extended relatives, and numerous others emigrate from Germany and escape anti-Semitic persecution in the late 1930s. The records also document the financial and other material support provided by the project to those whom they had helped immigrate, assistance that in some cases lasted for decades after their arrival.

Series 1 consists of a set of bound affidavits for relatives in 1936. They are organized by which consulate they were sent: Berlin, Hamburg, and Stuttgart. There is a table of contents and set of master documents for each consulate.

Series 2 consists of the organizational files of the rescue effort, referred to as the “German Relatives Program” and later the “Assistance Program.” Included here are reports, project histories, family trees, financial documents, and restitution claims. Correspondence and memorandums are mixed in with the files. The reports contain detailed information about the general political situation, budgets and costs, and brief reports on individual families. The payment files contain correspondence and financial information documenting the post-war financial assistance given to relatives. The bulk of the files document payments made in 1981 through 2004, when the last relative receiving financial aid, Rosel Wertheimer, passed away.

Series 3 contains correspondence, primarily from 1981-1993, regarding the assistance program. Included is correspondence from Rosel Wertheimer and Selma Kaufmann, and Herbert and Ilse Wolff, some of the last recipients of the program.

inclusive:  1934-2006
5 boxes
1 oversize box
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Rosenwald, Nina Rosenwald and Elizabeth Rosenwald Varet.
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 12:58:49
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