- The John Vincent Tillman papers include his diary and manuscript describing his travels in Germany in 1935 and 1936, a photograph of him, and pamphlets from the “Schaffendes Volk” exhibition in Düsseldorf.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Phillip Sloan and Katherine Tillman
- Collection Creator
- Mr. John Vincent Tillman
John Vincent Tillman (1907-1956) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Catholic parents, Herman and Una Tillman. From October 1935 through summer 1936, he was on a fellowship at the University of Munich studying German opera. Tillman travelled across Germany during this time. He recorded his travels on 16mm film and kept a diary of his experiences. Tillman later received a doctorate from the University of Chicago and chaired the German department of St. Louis University. He and his wife Esther (1911-2007) had five children.
- System of Arrangement
- The John Vincent Tillman papers are arranged as a single series.
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- Conditions on Access
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Keywords & Subjects
- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Katherine Tillman and Phillip Sloan also donated a Cross of Honor of the German Mother (2013.42.2), two magazines and a newspaper (2013.42.3, 2013.42.4, 2013.42.6), and two reels of film (2946 and 2947) to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Funding Note
- The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
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Also in John Vincent Tillman collection
The collection consists of a Mother's Cross medal, documents, two reels of 16mm film, one photograph, and publication relating to the experiences of John Vincent Tillman as an American student in Germany from 1935 and 1936 and after his return to the United States.
Date: 1935-approximately 1938
Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter [Cross of Honor of the German Mother] was a civilian award instituted following a December 16, 1938, decree by Adolph Hitler to encourage German women to bear more children. Recipient were nominated by the Nazi Party or a government official and had to be of pure German origin and good character. The medal was issued from 1939-1944 in three levels: first class, gold, for mothers with eight or more children; second class, silver, for six to seven children; third class, bronze for four to five children. Known as the Mutterkreuz (Mother's Cross), approximately three million medals were presented to German women.
Special double issue of the illustrated German theater periodical, Die Buhne, for Empire Theater Week in Munich, Germany, in May 1936. It has a preface by the Reich Minister of Propaganda, Dr. Joseph Goebbels.