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Walter and Edith Schiff papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.600.1

The Walter and Edith Schiff papers include biographical materials, correspondence, a diary, and photographs illustrating the pre-war and wartime experiences of Walter and Edith Schiff, originally of Berlin, Germany. Edith was sent to Camp de Gurs in France where she was assigned to work in an office, and Walter escaped while being transported between camps. The couple was reunited in France and hid in the basement of a Catholic church until liberation.

Biographical materials include birth certificates for Ernest Moser, Edith Moser, Julius Schiff, and Walter Schiff, a marriage certificate and supporting documents for Walter and Edith, a drivers license and German passport (Reisepass) for Edith, copies of identification cards for Edith and Walter, and marriage certificates for Anneliese Moser and Karl Gutmann.

Correspondence includes pre-war letters and cards between Anneliese and Gertrude and Edith and Gertrude as well as post-war letters regarding Walter’s death.

The collection includes the transcript of Edith’s diary that she kept while at Gurs, dated November 1939-December 1940, as well as a partial translation of the diary.

Restitution material includes applications and receipts regarding Edith’s efforts to receive restitution for their wartime suffering.

Writings include poems, a typed document about Gurs, and pre-war clippings about Gertrude Moser’s horseback riding competitions.

Photographs include pre-war images of Edith Moser, Anneliese Moser, Gabriella Kessler, Jimmy Kessler, Walter Schiff, and Ernest Moser as well as a post-war photograph of Gabrielle, who housed and assisted the family during and after the war in Nice, France.

inclusive:  1905-1985
6 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Thomas Shelby
Record last modified: 2022-05-02 13:54:25
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