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Kleinfeld family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.640.1

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Isidor and Regina Kleinfeld and their children Hedda and Liane in Vienna, Austria including Isidor’s arrest after Kristallnacht and his brief imprisonment in the Dachau concentration camp, the family’s emigration from Austria in 1939 to Cuba and to the United States in 1940. Included are biographical material regarding education, employment, and Isidor’s restitution claims against the Hamburg-Amerika Line; immigration paperwork regarding efforts to leave Austria, their stay in Cuba, and the process of receiving visas to immigrate to the United States; correspondence; and pre-war family photographs.

Biographical material includes clippings from Cuban newspapers, identification papers, report cards, employment documentation, papers related to Isidor’s service in the Austrian Army during World War I, copies of Isidor and Regina’s marriage certificate, Isidor’s imprisonment in Dachau, and a small amount of papers related to the Reich family. Also included is extensive paperwork regarding Isidor’s efforts to receive compensation from the Hamburg-Amerika Line for having to purchase roundtrip tickets to Cuba despite the family’s intention to stay in Cuba until they could go to the United States.

Immigration papers include documents related to the family’s emigration from Austria in early 1939, immigration cards from Cuba, and correspondence, affidavits, and related paperwork for the family’s immigration to the United States in May 1940. There is also a small amount of documents regarding David Reich’s immigration from Austria.

The bulk of the correspondence is from 1938-1939 with relatives and friends, including Sigmund Reich in the United States, who was possibly Regina’s brother or cousin.

Photographs primarily consist of pre-war depictions of the Kleinfeld family. Also included are depictions of Isidor’s relatives including his father and sisters Ida, Laura, and Diana. There is also a photograph of Regina’s father Siegmund Reich.

Date
inclusive:  1908-1963
Extent
2 boxes
4 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hedda Kleinfeld Schachter
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Record last modified: 2019-08-19 08:59:49
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