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Ada Abrahamer papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.442.1

The Ada Abrahamer papers primarily consist of a diary and photographs related to Ada Abrahamer’s wartime experiences in work camps and concentration camps in Poland, as well as her postwar life in displaced persons camps in Austria. Abrahamer kept a diary from September 1939 until March 1946, but the only remaining pages are from Spring 1944 to March 1946. The surviving pages describe her experiences in Oskar Schindler’s airplane parts factory, Plaszów concentration camp, Auschwitz concentration camp, the Lichtewerden bei Freudenthal (Consolidated Flaxspinning Factory) in Sudeten Germany, and displaced persons camps in Austria. The photographs include several pictures taken in Kraków, Poland during the war, displaced persons camps in Austria, and the Abrahamers on the USS General Black immigrating to the United States.

The diary contains handwritten pages describing Abrahamer’s experiences in work camps and concentration camps. It covers her time in Schindler’s airplane parts factory, the Neue Kuehler Fabrik, spring 1944-September 1944; Plaszów concentration camp, September 1944-October 1944; Auschwitz concentration camp, October 1944-November 1944; and Lichtewerden bei Freudenthal (Consolidated Flaxspinning Factory), November 1944-May 1945. Other documents include a Polish border pass used by Abrahamer to cross the Czechoslovakian border in July, 1945, drawings by Ada, and biographical notes chronicling her wartime years.

The photograph series contains an annotated photograph album along with loose photographs primarily related to Ada and Rafael Abrahamer’s life in displaced persons camps in Austria, 1945-1947. Included are photographs of Ada and Rafael Abrahamer, Rafael’s brother Henryk and his aunt Joska Singer, friends from the Bindermichl displaced persons camp near Linz and the displaced persons camp near Bad Gastein, Austria, several photographs taken in Kraków during the war and Plaszów in 1947, and the Abrahamers on the USS General Black immigrating to the United States. There are also photographs of Rafael Abrahamer in his Polish army uniform and with fellow soldiers. The photograph album chiefly contains annotated photographs of friends in Bad Gastein and Linz.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1930-circa 1989
bulk:  1941-1948
Language
Polish
English
German
Genre/Form
Diaries.
Photographs.
Extent
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nora Abrahamer
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:03:43
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