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Aaron Tunick papers

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    The collection primarily consists of family correspondence received by Aaron Tunick, originally of Stołpce, Poland (Stolbsty or Stowbtsy, Belarus), after he emigrated from Poland in 1934. The bulk of the letters (1936-1941) are from his siblings, and in particular Henja and Yitzhak. The letters discuss a deteriorating situation, loss of their businesses because they are Jewish, a rise in antisemitism, and an urgency to flee Poland. A small amount of biographical material consists of a birth certificate and a Zionist Organization of Poland identification card. Also included are photographs depicting Aaron and his family and friends in Stołpce, Poland and his life after immigrating to the United States.
    inclusive:  1923-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eileen Tunick
    Collection Creator
    Aaron Tunick
    Aaron Tunick (born Aron Tunik, 1904-1970) was born in Stołpce, Poland (Stolbsty or Stowbtsy, Belarus) to Mordechai Tunik (1877-1942) and Freida Kharoz (1880-1942). He had eight siblings: Abraham (1902-1969), Menukha (1908-1942), Relka (or Erela, 1902 or 1908-1942), Khasja (1909-1942), Yitzkhak (1912-1942), Henja (1912-1942), Mania (1915-1942), and Tzvi (1928-1942). Mordechai was a merchant.

    Aaron left Poland in 1934 to join his brother Abraham in Santiago, Chile. By 1935 he immigrated to the United States and settled in New York. He married Goldie Nitzberg (1902-1983) in 1937, whom he previously knew and had sponsored his immigration. They moved to Chicago by 1940 and had two children, Allen and Eileen.

    Aaron and Abraham’s entire family was murdered in the Holocaust in 1942.

    Physical Details

    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as three series. Series 1. Biographical material, 1930, 1934; Series 2. Correspondence, 1923-1946 and undated; Series 3. Photographs, circa 1920s-1938

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    The collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Eileen Tunick in 2017. Two accretions were donated in 2018. Collections formerly cataloged as 2017.537.1, 2018.97.1, and IRN614065 have been incorporated into this collection.
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