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Abendstern, Fleischmann, and Meyerhoff families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.494.1

The collection primarily consists of correspondence, photographs, and documents relating to the family of Elly (née Meyerhoff) and Otto Abendstern, their son Peter Abendstern (later Peter Aldin), and Elly's second husband Adolf Richard Fleischmann. It documents Otto's internment in several camps in southern France, Elly and Peter's survival in France during the war in Graulhet and Font-Romeu, and Adolf's internment at Les Milles Camp and Saint Nicolas in southern France. Included are birth and marriage certificates, immigration and travel documents, family correspondence, pre-war, wartime, and post-war photographs, and Peter Aldin's memoir.

Biographical material includes birth and marriage certificates, passports, immigration and travel documents, refugee paperwork, education papers, and CVs. Other material includes false identification cards of Elly used in Graulhet to live under the name Eléonore Albert (née Miller), an Abendstern family album (Stammbuch), wartime documents related to Peter living as a hidden child in Font-Romeu, copies of wartime documents related to Adolf, and papers related to Adolf’s art career.

Correspondence primarily consists of wartime and post-war family letters. Wartime correspondence includes letters exchanged between Otto and his family while he was imprisoned in several camps, Elly and her son Peter while they were separated, and Elly with Suzanne Canard, who helped her son Peter hide in Font-Romeu. Postwar correspondence includes letters to Elly from Marty André, who provided her with shelter in Graulhet.

Writings include notes written by Elly, and poems and a personal narrative authored by Peter.

Pre-war photographs include depictions of the extended Abendstern and Meyerhoff families in Germany, and the Abendstern family in Wiltz, Luxembourg. Wartime photographs include depictions from two children’s homes in Font-Romeu where Peter survived as a hidden child, and Graulhet, France. Post-war photographs include depictions of André Marty and his family, who hid Elly for two years; the Petit Lycée de Toulouse; Paris; Peter’s family in the United States; and later visits to Auschwitz and Les Milles Camp. Also included are photographs depicting Elly’s second husband Adolf Fleischmann and his family.

inclusive:  circa 1880-2016
3 boxes
1 book enclosure
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Aldin
Record last modified: 2022-03-18 16:20:23
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