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Rachel Greene Rottersman papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.110.1

The Rachel Greene Rottersman papers consist of biographical materials about Rottersman’s UNRRA career; correspondence and reports about the children’s home at Aglasterhausen; notes and drafts for the memoirs Rottersman never completed; photographs of children and employees at Aglasterhausen; and printed materials about UNRRA’s work with displaced children.
Biographical materials include student records, UNRRA and IRO (International Relief Organization) personnel records, and resumes for Rachel Rottersman and immigration application paperwork for Joseph Rottersman. This series also includes biographies of Rachel Rottersman prepared by Tommy Thompson and John Blair Rottersman.
Correspondence consists of postwar letters documenting Rottersman’s work with UNRRA, displaced children, and the Aglasterhausen home as well as follow up correspondence from later decades with former Aglasterhausen staff and children. Postwar correspondence includes a copy of Rottersman’s “diary,” which was actually periodic correspondence without specific addressee that describes Rottersman’s life in Germany, work with UNRRA, and the Aglasterhausen children’s home in great detail. It appears as though these “diary” letters were intended to be circulated among Rottersman’s family and friends. Postwar correspondence also includes Rottersman’s letters to her father, which often duplicate the “diary” letters but intersperse personal correspondence, replies to his letters, and gratitude for the packages he sent her. Her father’s letters are included in the correspondence series, contain his advice, and document their differences of opinion. Postwar correspondence with other family members, friends, coworkers, and displaced children document the children’s pasts, hopes for the future, and immigration journeys and relay Rottersman’s family and Aglasterhausen news and requests for supplies. Postwar correspondence also includes a handful of letters documenting the UNRRA and Aglasterhausen business of taking care of children’s health, planning for their futures, and managing staffing and supplies. Follow up correspondence from later decades documents Rottersman’s efforts to maintain contact with former Aglasterhausen children and staff and describes family news, memories about the Aglasterhausen years, and Rottersman’s project to write a book about her experiences. This series also includes a few hand illustrated cards.
The memoirs series primarily consists of drafts of chapters or scenes Rachel Rottersman apparently intended to include in her memoirs, a project she never completed. Some of the chapters have identifiable titles, while others correspond more closely to entries from her “diary” correspondence. This series also includes correspondence and commentary from reviewers of preliminary chapters as well as notes for additional scenes.
Photographs primarily depict children, staff, buildings, and countryside around the Aglasterhausen center. Most of the photographs of Rachel and Joseph Rottersman have been separated into distinct folders. This series also includes a handful of photographs form the Baumholder Assembly Center for Displaced Persons and a photograph from the Kirchberg Assembly Center.
Printed materials include clippings about Rachel Rottersman, displaced persons, unaccompanied children, Lebensborn children, the Lidice massacre, 1946 and 1947 journeys of the Marine Flasher and Marine Marlin that carried Aglasterhausen children to the United States, and the movie “The Search”; full or partial issues of newspapers such as UNRRA DP News, UNRRA Team News, and Nasza Gazeta; copies of military and displaced person newsletters including The Port Hole and Homeward Bound; and published reports about Aglasterhausen and displaced and unaccompanied children. This series also includes picture postcards from England, France, and Germany.
The reports series includes individualized reports about Aglasterhausen children, name lists of Aglasterhausen children and staff, Aglasterhausen policies and procedures, narratives and UNRRA reports about the experiences of displaced and unaccompanied children, court records related to United States of America vs. Ulrich Greifelt, et al (Lebensborn case), and additional reports related to Lebensborn children.

inclusive:  1936-2015
bulk:  1944-1949
11 boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John Blair Rottersman
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 10:53:20
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