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Kann family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.478.1

The Kann family papers include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, and photographs relating to Edmond, Friederike, Renée, and Edith Kann’s pre-war, wartime, and post-war experiences in Saarbrücken, Germany, Gurs concentration camp, and France. The collection includes documents and photographs relating to their imprisonment in Gurs, false identity cards, and postcards sent to Renée and Edith while they were in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The collection also includes a memoir written by Edmond Kann documenting his family’s experiences.

Biographical material includes a Reisepass (German passport), false identity documents, and a United States passport for Edmond and Friederike Kann as well as post-war French travel visas for Edmond, Friederike, and Edith. The series also includes naturalization papers and marriage confirmation for Edmond and Friederike’s, a copy of Edmond’s birth certificate, and a family history book.

Edmond’s memoir, entitled, “Ein Hitler Schicksal” consists of three notebooks recollecting the family’s experiences from 1935-1947 including fleeing to France, their imprisonment in Gurs, going into hiding, and immigrating to the United States. Also included in this series is an English translation provided by Renée Kann.

Subject files include release papers from Gurs, a tax notice, a poem, a transcript of Edmond Kann’s oral testimony, and a letter which accompanied the Marshal Petain medal Renée received while in school. This series also includes correspondence sent to Renée and Edith while they were in Le Chambon-surLignon.

Photographs (original and photocopies) and negatives depict the Kann family in Windesheim, Germany before the war and in Gurs. Five negatives have been removed from the collection and placed in cold storage. Prints of the negative are included in this series.

inclusive:  circa 1920-1980
12 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Kann Silver
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:12:27
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