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David Weyl diaries

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    The collection consists of three diaries kept by David Weyl, originally of Erkelenz, Germany, documenting his Holocaust experiences after fleeing Germany to the Netherlands in 1939. The diaries chronicle his deportations to the Westerbork and Theresienstadt concentration camps and span 1942-December 1945. They also include notes on family history and addresses.
    inclusive:  1942-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shirley A. Heiman
    Collection Creator
    David Weyl
    David Weyl (1873-1948) was born on 11 October 1873 in Erkelenz, Germany to Anselm (1831-1897) and Flora (née Leffmann, 1844-1919) Weyl. He had 15 siblings: Albert (1864-1937), Friederika (1866-1935), Henrietta (b. 1867), Helena (1869-1942), Johanna (1871-1871), Moritz (1872-1936), Bernhard (1875-1930), Louis (1876-1934), Julia (1878-1878), Emanuel (1879-1879), Lina (1880-1907), Jakob (1882-1942?), Louise (1883-1944), Julius (1884-1884), and Rosa (1887-1950). David’s father Anselm owned textile stores in Erkelenz and Kleve. After Anselm died, David and his brother Louis took over the business. Their Kleve store was sold to Leonhard Tietz AG in 1928.

    David married Sofie Jonas (1886-1936) in 1906 and had two children, Hans (1907-1997) and Trude (later Trude Heiman, 1911-1994). Hans immigrated to Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1933. He was deported to Westerbork in 1942 along with his wife Margot and their daughter Eva. All three survived the Holocaust. Trude immigrated to the United States in 1938 with her husband Walter Heiman while she was pregnant with their son John. They settled in in St Louis, Mo.

    After the outbreak of World War II in 1939, David fled to the Netherlands. He was deported to the Westerbork concentration camp and then to Theresienstadt in 1944. After liberation, he immigrated to the United States in 1946 to live with his daughter Trude in St. Louis. David died in 1948 from tuberculosis which he contacted in Westerbork.

    Physical Details

    German Dutch
    1 oversize box
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    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
    Personal Name
    Weyl, David, 1873-1948.

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Shirley A. Heiman, David Weyl's granddaughter.
    Funding Note
    The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
    Special Collection
    Save Their Stories
    Record last modified:
    2024-04-11 13:18:47
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