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Ellen Kaufmann Boucher papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.38.2

The Ellen Kaufmann Boucher papers include Holocaust-era and postwar correspondence addressed to Ellen in the United States from family and friends in Europe, the memoir Ellen drafted between 1988 and her death, prewar and wartime photographs of her family in Mainz, Germany, and a transcript of an interview she gave in 1995.

Holocaust-era letters are addressed to Ellen primarily from her parents and sister Marianne in Mainz and relates family news and good wishes. A letter from a friend of Marianne’s in Montevideo describes an opportunity for Marianne to immigrate to Uruguay. A letter from a family friend in Switzerland alerts Ellen to her grandmother’s deportation to Theresienstadt and her parents’ and sister’s deportation elsewhere. Postwar letters are addressed to Ellen from relatives and friends in Switzerland, France, and Germany and describe the deportation of her family and the Holocaust fates of other relatives and friends.

Ellen’s memoir describes her childhood in Germany, the effects of anti-Semitic measures passed by the Nazi regime, immigrating to the United States with her grandmother, acclimating to America, learning increasingly bad news from her family in Germany, joining the Women’s Army Corps, working at Camp Ritchie, marrying her husband, and living and traveling all over the world. The memoirs include several reproduced family photographs.

Photographs depict Ellen’s aunt Hedwig around 1900; an aunt, uncle, and cousins around 1930; her uncle Ludwig in 1936; Ellen with her sister and parents in 1937; Marianne with her classmates in August 1939; Marianne in 1940; Ellen's aunt and uncle, Emma Kaufmann David and Hermann David; and a family portrait of Ellen's parents, sister, uncle Ludwig Wallach, and grandmother Nanni Wallach. The interview transcript documents an interview conducted by Angela Barrington with Ellen in response to a Holocaust denier.

The interview was aired on cable television in Canandaigua, New York in 1995 and covers Ellen’s childhood in Germany, anti-Semitic measures enacted by the Nazis, the loss of her father’s business, her immigration to the United States, and the deportations and deaths of her family members.

inclusive:  circa 1900-2014
5 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anita Boucher
Record last modified: 2023-04-11 09:52:22
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