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Robert Kaldeck papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.125.2

The collection consists of documents and correspondence regarding the experiences of Dr. Robert Kaldeck, including his emigration from Vienna, Austria in September 1938 with the intention of going to Mexico, where he had been granted asylum; his denial of entry into the United States and Mexico; his stay in Havana, Cuba, where he was given refuge after meeting with Cuban leader, Fulgencio Batista in February 1939; and his immigration to the United States in September 1939. The collection also documents his medical career in Austria and the United States, his efforts to rescue his parents Moriz and Ella Kohn and sister Alice Kohn from Austria during the Holocaust, and the post-war search for their fate.

Biographical materials include clippings, Austrian and American identification papers, a small number of documents related to Robert’s sister Edith, and documents related to Robert’s search for his family’s fate. Included is a 1946 letter from Hans Slomniker informing him that his parents and sister Alice were deported to Riga in 1942. The identification papers include documents related to Robert changing his surname from Kohn to Kaldeck in 1929, birth certificates, government registration documents, marriage certificate, and German passport.

Correspondence includes letters received from other Austrians Robert travelled with, friends, his wife Dorothy Levine, his sister Edith who survived the Holocaust in England, and his parents and sister in Vienna.

Immigration papers include correspondence and paperwork documenting Robert’s efforts to emigrate from Austria to Mexico, including his brief stays in Lisbon, Portugal, England, and Ellis Island; Mexico’s refusal to allow him into the country; his time as a refugee in Cuba; and his eventual immigration to the United States. Also included are documents regarding his unsuccessful efforts to rescue his parents and sister from Austria.

Medical profession papers include report cards and other material from the University of Vienna, documentation regarding his employment in Austria, and material related to Robert getting licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts and build his career. Also included are copies of medical journals that include papers authored by Robert.

inclusive:  1929-1984
3 boxes
2 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Kaldeck Smith
Record last modified: 2022-03-31 15:13:59
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