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Percy Brand papers

Document | Accession Number: 2006.133.4

The collection documents the life and musical career of Percy (Perec) Brand, a violinist originally from Liepāja, Latvia, who was imprisoned in the Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Buchenwald concentration camps during the Holocaust. The material primarily relates to his post-war life in the Kibbutz Buchenwald and Zeilsheim displaced persons camps, as well as his musical career in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Included are biographical materials, sheet music, programs, photographs, and audio recordings.

The biographical material includes an address book, clippings, a small amount of correspondence, his obituary, and a scrapbook of his career.

The sheet music consists of printed and handwritten scores. It is likely that the bulk if not all of the printed sheet music are previously published compositions. The programs include events performed in post-war Germany and the United States. Also included are publicity materials.

The photographs include depictions of pre and post-war family members, Zeilsheim, Percy and his wife Gertrude, and Percy’s performances. The photograph albums primarily document Percy’s life in the DP camps.

The audio recordings consist of audio cassettes of Percy’s performances. Some appear to recorded radio broadcasts also featuring Ben Gailing, a contemporary of Percy.

inclusive:  1920-2003
bulk:  1945-1985
2 boxes
2 oversize boxes
1 oversize folder
6 book enclosures
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Brand and the Estate of Gertrude and Percy Brand
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Brand
Record last modified: 2020-09-10 13:22:53
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