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Krys family papers

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    The collection primarily contains prewar photographs and wartime postcards of the Krys family of Skierniewice, Poland. Included are prewar photographs of Martin and Anna Krys prior to immigrating to the United States, Martin’s sisters and brothers, and other relatives including the Munkabotzki family. There is one postwar photograph of Miriam Ordenas’s (Krys) son Yitzchak (Jack) and his wife in a DP camp. Correspondence consists of two prewar postcards and six wartime postcards addressed to Martin Krys in the United States from his sisters Miriam in Skierniewice and Roiza in Warsaw, both of whom perished during the Holocaust.
    inclusive:  circa 1918-1968
    bulk:  1935-1941
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sheldon J. Krys.
    Collection Creator
    Krys family
    Martin Krys was born on 6 December 1905 in Skierniewice, Poland to Yehoshua (Shaya) Krys and Sheva Gruna. He married Anna (Necha) Jakobowitz, to whom he was related to by marriage, in 1930 in Skierniewice. She was also born in Skierniewice and immigrated to the United States in 1920. He immigrated to the United States in 1932 and worked as a carpenter. Their son, Sheldon, was born in 1934 and would later become a United States Foreign Service officer and the United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

    Martin had five younger siblings, and nearly his entire family perished during the Holocaust. His sister Chava Koss (1893-1942) died in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. His sister Marjem (Miriam) Krys Ordenas (1901-1942) was murdered in Treblinka in 1942 along with her son Moshe. Her other son, Yitzchak (later Jack Ordenas), survived after jumping from the deportation train. His brother Hershel (1917-1940) was in the Polish Army and was killed in action in Warsaw in 1940. His brother David (1919-1941) died in Warsaw in 1941. The fate of his sister Roiza and her family is unknown.

    Physical Details

    8 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
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    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
    Skierniewice (Poland)

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Sheldon J. Krys in 2017.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:30:45
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