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Set of 10 Rorschach plates with folded cardboard enclosure owned by a Jewish Austrian refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2018.258.14 a-k

Rorschach ink blot test cards like those used by Dr. Leopold (Leo) Stoer to test patients in the United States following his emigration from Vienna, Austria, in September 1938. While studying for his dissertation in psychology, Leo learned how to use the cards to diagnose patients, which was still a new practice in the US. Leo lived in Vienna with his parents, Alfred and Karoline, and seven younger siblings: Juli, Grete, Hedi, Fritz, Erna, Trude, and Otto. In 1915, Alfred, a master decorator by trade, was selected to fight in World War I (1914-1918). Leo’s sister Hedi, died from whooping cough. After Leo graduated from school, he worked at an insurance company and took some university courses. He passed the university entrance exams in 1928, and began his PhD program the following year. In early 1936, Leo began dating Herta Schwarzbart. In November 1937, Leo was promoted after passing qualifying exams. On March 13, 1938, Austria was annexed into Germany. Later that month, Leo and Herta married, but continued to live separately in Vienna. Leo immigrated to the US in September 1938, after helping his family flee to Belgium. Herta followed him in February 1939. In September, the couple moved to California, where they began running a chicken farm to raise money to help their families immigrate. As World War II progressed, Herta and Leo lost contact with most family members. Leo later learned that his entire family had been deported to concentration camps and killed in 1942. All but two of Herta’s family members had been deported to concentration camps and killed by 1943.

publication:  after 1948
publication: Bern (Switzerland)
distribution: United States
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joyce Stoer Cordi
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:55
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