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Czerner, Fröhlich, and Porges families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.463.1

The Czerner, Fröhlich, and Porges families papers contain correspondence, identification documents, immigration documents, school certificates, photographs, and a photograph album relating to the Czerner, Fröhlich, and Porges families living in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) before and during World War II and the Holocaust. The correspondence centers on the emigration of Max and Irma Czerner from Prague to the United States with their infant son in 1939. The correspondence relates their efforts to secure visas and transportation for their young daughters, Helga and Raya Czerner, who they were forced to leave behind with family. The correspondence also reveals the everyday experiences of the families living under Nazi authority.

The biographical materials series contain various documents such as identification documents and documents used in the immigration process. Biographical materials for Max Czerner include his birth certificate; immigration card, June 27, 1939; two passports, 1935-1941; pension and insurance information; identification and immigration documents; personal and professional references for Max Czerner, 1925-1939, 1976; school certificates, 1914-1927.

Biographical materials for Irma Czerner (née Frölich) include Irma and Max Czerner’s marriage announcement, 1929; Irma’s immigration card, June 27, 1939; passport, 1936-1939; and school certificates, 1910-1923.

Biographical materials for Erwin Fröhlich include identification and immigration documents used by Erwin Fröhlich in his attempts to emigrate from Prague, 1921-1939. These documents include Erwin’s passport, 1929-1941; professional letters of recommendation and support, 1935-1939; materials related to Erwin’s academic studies and medical certifications, 1921-1939; and several copies of Erwin’s curriculum vitae, undated.

Biographical materials also include Raya Czerner’s passport, 1939-1941; photocopies of genealogical materials relating to the Czerner family; Paula Fröhlich’s birth certificate, re-issued, 1939; Paula and Leopold Fröhlich’s marriage certificate, 1898; Leopold Fröhlich’s death certificate, 1937; court documents relating to the health of Lotte Czerner, 1930; a photocopy of the will of Adalbert Proges, 1917; and a questionnaire about family origin for Anna Schnurmacher Breza, 1938.

The correspondence series largely relates to the immigration experiences of the Czerner family from Prague to the United States. The correspondence includes letters to/from various family members including Paula Fröhlich, Erwin Fröhlich, Irma Czerner, Maz Czerner, and their children Helga, Raya, and Thomas Czerner. A majority of the correspondence in the collection has been translated into English and published in the volume, Letters from Prague, 1939-1941.

The financial materials series, 1935-1940, includes receipts and immigration shipping documents.

The printed materials series includes a newspaper clipping regarding the apartment building the Czerner family lived in Prague; a newspaper clipping published in German; and a printed postcard of the RMS Queen Mary, undated.

The photograph series includes various candid and professional photographs of the Czerner, Fröhlich, and Porges families and friends in Prague before and during World War II, circa 1906-1940. The photographs include the Czerner family skiing in the Alps in Austria, Spring 1936; scenes from a trip to Paris including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triumph, Eiffel Tower; Johannesbad, Spring 1936; photographic postcards, circa 1935-1939; and a studio portrait of Tom, Helga and Raya in St. Louis, circa 1940. Also included is Raya Czerner’s photograph album, circa 1934-1940s, which contains candid photographs of Raya, Helga, and Thomas Czerner and their family in Prague.

inclusive:  circa 1906-1993
bulk:  1920-1944
2 boxes
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Andrew Schapiro
Record last modified: 2020-04-21 19:02:28
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