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Arzt family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2006.510.1

The Arzt family papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, and photographs documenting the pre-war lives of Hans Arzt and his family in Berlin, Germany and their wartime and post-war experiences after they fled Germany for the Dominican Republic, Palestine, and Czechoslovakia. The collection also includes some correspondence, biographical material, and photographs of Lotte Hamburger, Hans’ wife, and her family.

Hamburger family biographical material includes birth records and a family history for Julius Hamburger and birth records, report cards, and marriage announcements, songs, toasts, and service material for Lotte Hamburger. Arzt family biographical material includes immigration documentation for the Dominican Republic, a marriage certificate, school report cards, letters of employment, and admissions letters for Susi Arzt as well as documentation of World War I service, membership cards, business cards, marriage certificate, correspondence relating to his business regarding the transfer of his assets because he was Jewish, and a last will for Hans Arzt. The series also includes Arzt and Hamburger family trees and an unpublished family history titled The Arzt Chronicles.

Correspondence includes letters sent from Hans to Lotte during WWI when he was a POW, original and photocopies of letters between Lotte, Lore, Susi, Kurt, and other family members after they were separated during the war and living in Germany, the Dominican Republic, and Palestine as well as illustrated letters from Wolfgang Hamburger, Susi and Lore’s cousin. The series also includes letters of congratulations to Lotte and Hans on their wedding.

Writings include a date book which lists dates of birth, a diary by an unknown diarist, a handmade encyclopedia made by Edith for her brother Hans, and a book of recipes, including the original recipe for liquor from the Heinz Arzt store. The series also includes poetry written by Lotte and Susi.

Photographs include mainly pre-war albums and loose photographs largely of the Arzt family in Berlin, at the Heinz Arzt factory, on vacations, and leaving Germany. Some pre-war photographs of the Hamburger family are included.

inclusive:  1850-1989
2 boxes
1 oversize box
2 oversize folders
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Naomi Swyers
Record last modified: 2023-02-24 14:30:39
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