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Singer family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.489.1

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Elsa and Paul Singer, along with their daughter Eva Singer, including their flight from Vienna, Austria in 1938, Paul’s internment in the Meslay du Maine internment camp, and their immigration to the United States from Paris in 1940. Included are biographical and identification documents, immigration paperwork for the Singers and Paul’s brother Georg and his wife Leopoldina Nemelka Singer, a small amount of wartime correspondence, and photographs.

The biographical material includes birth and marriage certificates, report cards, documents related to Paul and Georg’s World War I military service, papers related to Paul and Georg’s import/export business, Singer family history, and Catholic conversion documents for Georg and his son Arrigo. Also included are Eva’s autograph book and recipe book (in German).

Immigration papers for Elsa, Paul, and Eva include identification cards, Vienna police documents, ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) papers, an affidavit in lieu of passport, and naturalization certificates. Immigration papers for Georg and Leopoldina include identification documents and Brazilian registration papers.

Correspondence consists of letters sent to the Singer family’s housekeeper Margarete Dvorak, who briefly kept Eva with her in the Austrian countryside in 1938 and wartime letters exchanged with family members including Elsa’s niece Vally and her brother Robert. Included are donor-provided transcriptions and translations of select letters.

Photographs include depictions of the Singer and Stern families and Eva Singer.

inclusive:  1891-1968
bulk:  1938-1948
1 box
1 oversize folder
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Cynthia Peterman
Record last modified: 2020-07-14 14:14:46
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