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Schillinger and Baumann family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.556.1

The Schillinger and Baumann family papers document Marie and Samuel Schillinger and their children Jan and Jiri’s efforts to emigrate from Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) to the United States after its annexation by Germany in 1938. The papers document their trip on the MS St. Louis from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba; their relocation to the Heijplaat refugee camp in the Netherlands; their move to Quito, Ecuador; and their immigration to the United States in 1942. The collection consists of biographical materials of the Schillinger and Baumann families from Užhorod, Prague, and Kosova Hora, Czechoslovakia; Samuel Schillinger’s soccer and dental careers; emigration and immigration papers; correspondence; memoirs; restitution claims against the Czech Republic and Germany; and photographs.

The correspondence primarily consists of letters written to Samuel and Marie after they left Prague and were trying to get to Quito. Included are letters from Hugo and Rosl Schillinger discussing their farm and life in Quito, and their efforts to assist the Schillingers in moving there. There is also a letter from Marie Schillinger’s sister Anne discussing the news of friends and family in 1940. Other correspondence includes post-war letters written to Samuel and Marie from friends and family in Prague as well as employment correspondence of Samuel regarding attempts to find a dental position in the United States.

The memoirs consist of handwritten and typed manuscripts by Marie Schillinger and a notebook of Samuel Schillinger detailing their wartime experiences. Included are descriptions of their trip on the MS St. Louis, the Heijplaat refugee camp in the Netherlands, and the difficulties in getting to Quito.

The restitution claims include correspondence, claim forms and banking and financial documents related to claims against the Czech Republic and Germany.

The photographs primarily consist of pre-war photographs of the Schillinger family, relatives, and friends. Included are photographs of a trip to Italy, which may have been part of Marie and Samuel Schillinger’s honeymoon; a ski trip and other travel; photographs from the MS St. Louis; Heijplaat refugee camp; Quito; and the United States. There are related photographs of these events in the loose photograph album pages, some of which are annotated. There are also 76 negatives of related photographs of the Schillinger family and some of their travels.

inclusive:  1845-circa 2015
bulk:  1913-1986
150 negatives.
3 boxes
3 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John and Wynne Shilling In loving memory of Dr. Samuel Shilling and Manya Bauman Shilling
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:18:02
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