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Curt Gutsmuth papers

Document | Accession Number: 2000.566.3

The Curt Gutsmuth papers include biographical material, correspondence, a photograph, and printed material relating to Curt and Nelly Gutsmuth and their family’s experiences escaping Germany and hiding in the Netherlands during the war. This collection also includes biographical material, testimony, and printed material relating to other victims of Holocaust. Curt was a philatelist and some of the document relating to other victims were acquired by Curt while obtaining his collection.

Gutsmuth family papers include an ID card from Theresienstadt and a repatriation card issued to Hedwig Schwarz, Nelly’s aunt, a letter from Jette Levi to her son and daughter-in-law, Felix and Flory, who were in hiding in the Netherlands, and an account of Curt and Nelly’s experiences while hiding in the Netherlands as well as a color copy of a photograph of Nelly’s father, Emil Neckarsulmer’s hardware store in 1938. The collection also includes a visa for Bolivia issued to Isidor Gutsmuth, which was obtained by Curt, and a list of personal belongings.

Printed materials include an anti-Semitic postcard, a Jewish publication from the Netherlands regarding the arrests of Jews, a resistance newspaper from Amersfoort, Netherlands where Curt and Nelly were hiding, and a resistance flyer published in the Netherlands. The collection also includes the front page of Gießener Anzeiger from 1905 which includes an article that mentions Eric’s grandfather, Emmanuel Gutsmuth, the front page of EL PLATA, a newspaper from Uruguay, dated May 7, 1945, and several front pages from Dutch newspapers from 1940-1944 relating to the German occupation.

This collection also includes testimony by Ludwig Stern about his experiences in the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps. Ludwig Stern was born in Giessen, Germany, the same town as Curt, and Ludwig also immigrated to Uruguay.

Biographical materials include documents of victims, unrelated to the Gutsmuth family, including documents acquired by Curt while obtaining his stamp collection. Documents include a passport issued to a Jewish women from Vilnius, a registration form and pass for safe conduct issued to Isidore Jurovics, a German passport issued to Hilda Schönemann, a Red Cross letter from Jakob Israel to Mrs. Bloch regarding the Katz family, and a letter sent to Mr. Arensberg announcing the death of Klara Ledermann.

inclusive:  1917-1959
4 folders
4 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric Gutsmuth
Record last modified: 2021-11-15 09:23:53
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