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Gans family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2012.478.3

The collection relates to the Gans family, originally of Borken, Germany. It includes photographs of pre-war life, including a photograph album depicting a day in the life of the three Gans boys. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence, mainly from Anita Lamm in the United States to Manfred Gans, then a member of the British military. Also includes documentation and correspondence related to the wartime experiences of Moritz and Else Gans, who were deported to Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, and liberated from Theresienstadt. Includes Moritz’s diary, into which he made short entries throughout his internment experiences, ending when Manfred, as a member of the British military, found his parents in Theresienstadt. Additionally, there is a memoir by Manfred entitled “Life Gave Me a Chance.” The memoir describes his childhood in Borken, his departure for England for school in 1938, his internment on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien, his participation in the British Army as an interpreter and intelligence operative (including participation in the D-Day invasion), his trip to Theresienstadt in an attempt to locate his parents, and his post-war life.

inclusive:  1900-2004
bulk:  1938-1950
5 boxes
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Daniel Gans and Aviva Gans-Rosenberg
Record last modified: 2022-02-09 13:21:52
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