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Merei family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.571.1

The collection primarily documents the wartime and post-war experiences of Ernö and Ernestine (née Munk) Merei and their son John of Budapest, Hungary as they fled the country after Germany invaded in 1944. The papers document the Merei’s trip out of Hungary on a train known as the Kasztner transport; their detainment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and their eventual release to Switzerland; and their immigration to the United States in 1946. Included are biographical material, identification papers, naturalization certificates, restitution claims, correspondence, and photographs. There is also some material related to the Munk and Breuer families.

The biographical materials contain papers related to Ernö and Ernestine Merei, their son John, Ernö’s brother Ladislav Merei and his wife Luba, his father Samu Marmorstein, and Ernestine’s father Gabor Munk. Included are birth certificates, identification papers, naturalization certificates, restitution claims, Ernö’s autobiography, and a research paper on the Kasztner transport by John’s daughter DeAnne Merey. Ernö’s wartime papers include documents regarding their safe deposit box in Lausanne, Switzerland; Ernö’s ineligibility for the Hungarian draft; a certificate regarding Ernö’s cousin Andor Vandor in El Salvador; and permission to travel.

The correspondence primarily consists of letters from Ernö and Ernestine Merei and Andor Vandor in Budapest to Ladislav Merei in the United States, 1939-1941. There are also small amounts of correspondence to Ernö Merei, Ernestine Merei, and Lily and Tibor Breuer.

The photographs document the Merei, Munk, and Breuer families. There are prewar, wartime, and postwar photographs, and Included are childhood albums of Ernö Merei and Daisy Breuer along with an album of Ladislav and Luba Merei.

inclusive:  1890-1991
2 boxes
2 oversize boxes
2 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John and Daisy Merey
Record last modified: 2023-03-01 08:14:54
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