Zonligt family papers
The Zonligt family papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, and photographs documenting the Zonligt family from Belgium and their Blitz relatives from the Netherlands, their migration to France in 1940, their immigration to the United States in 1940 and 1941, and Gerard Zonligt’s work as an UNRRA officer at the Wels displaced persons camp.
Biographical materials include identification papers, banking records, ration cards, and immigration records documenting the Blitz and Zonligt families in Belgium, their migration to France in 1940, and their immigration to the United States in 1940 and 1941. This series also includes student records documenting Margot Blitz’s training as a nurse, a family history Deena Zonligt wrote as a high school assignment, records documenting Gerard Zonligt’s work as an UNRRA officer at the Wels DP camp and the diary he kept during that time, and two poetry/autograph books Hanna Zonligt used to collect memories from her classmates in Belgium.
Correspondence primarily consists of postcards from Gerard Zonligt to his family including courting his future wife during the 1920s, reporting to his family from business trips during the 1930s and during his UNRRA service from 1945-1946. This series includes additional postcards exchanged among friends and family from approximately 1918-1946. Some of the postcards are accompanied by translations. Most of the postcards were formerly pasted into a scrapbook, so many bear adhesive and torn backing paper that obscures some of the writing.
Four photographs depict Margot and Dina Blitz, Gerard Zonligt in UNRRA uniform, and a cat and dog on a sofa.
3 book enclosures
1 oversize folder
3 book enclosures
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Natanya Sortland
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Also in This Collection
Painted wooden cradle given to Deena Zonligt Sortland (donor's mother) by her father Gerard Zonligt who received it while he wasn an UNRRA administrator at the Wels DP camp in Austria.