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Elihu H. Rickel papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.203.1

The bulk of this collection relates to Commander Elihu Rickel’s time in China, and in particular Tianjin, in 1945-1946, while serving as a chaplain with the U.S. Marine Corps. While there, he sought to raise awareness about the condition of the Jewish community in Tianjin, which was comprised primarily of Jews who had fled Europe in the late 1930s. The second series of documents in this collection contains, in part, a report that Rickel wrote about the community, a letter he sent to Rabbi Stephen Wise, and a journalistic account of Rickel’s ministry among the Jewish community. By this time, many of the émigrés in the Jewish community in Tianjin were hoping immigrate to the United States, and the third series of documents contains dossiers, usually consisting only of a resume or other biographical summary, which were likely written in part as applications for affidavits of support in order to obtain entry visas.

In addition to the material related to China, the first series of documents dates from Rickel’s earlier ministry in Buffalo, New York, as the rabbi at Temple Beth El, and specifically, to a series of interfaith memorial events dedicated to Jewish Holocaust victims in Europe. These meetings took place in late 1942, prior to Rickel’s induction into the Marine Corps and his subsequent service as a chaplain.

Extensive documentation about Rickel’s subsequent career as a chaplain is not included in the present collection, and remains with the Rickel family.

inclusive:  1945-1946
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Rickel
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 11:24:19
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