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Levy and Lustig families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2017.554.2

The collection documents the prewar, wartime, and postwar lives of the Levy family of Cologne, Germany, and the Lustig family of Leipzig, Germany including Fritz Levy’s World War I experiences as a prisoner of war in Omsk, Fritz and Käte Levy’s immigration to London in 1933, the forced sale of his family business in Germany, and restitution claims. The collection includes extensive family correspondence, photographs, family history, financial documents, poems, diaries, and personal narratives.

Biographical material consists of family books, family trees, grades, birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, identification papers, German passports, immigration documents, financial documents regarding the forced sales of Fritz’s business, military papers, account books, and papers related to Käte’s sister Margot’s death in 1928. There are also papers related to Fritz’s WWI experiences, including his imprisonment in Omsk, and restitution paperwork related to claims filed by both the Levy and Lustig families.

Correspondence primarily consists of extensive amounts of pre-war letters exchanged between members of the Levy and Lustig families including Fritz’s letters to his family while he was serving in WWI, correspondence between Fritz and Käte during his business travels, and letters to Fritz and Käte from their daughter Lotte while she was in school. The bulk of the Lustig family correspondence are letters to Fritz and Käte from her parents and other relatives. There are also five bound books with typed transcribed letters from Fritz to his family during WWI.

Writings include Fritz’s WWI diaries, Käte’s diary about Lotte’s first six years, Lotte’s wartime diary she kept in England as a teenager, her personal narratives she wrote in 2002-2004 reflecting on her family’s history, and numerous poems written by various members of the Lustig family.

Photographs primarily consist of prints and albums of pre-war depictions of the extended Levy and Lustig families. Also included are Fritz’s WWI photographs and depictions of Fritz, Käte, and Lotte in England before, during, and after the war.

Printed material includes a copy of British Millinery with an article on Käte (page 21), business cards, clippings (primarily in German), postcards, and a Yom Kippur program from 1938. Also included is a copy of the German children’s book Bilderbücher : Sport u. Spiel with enclosures by the family describing how Fritz saw Käte with the book and began talking with her, thus beginning their courtship.

Artwork includes bookplates, floor plan drawings, childhood drawings of Lotte, and cartoons drawn by relative Kurt Levy of Käte packing and moving in 1932 and 1933, the latter likely related to her emigration to England.

Miscellaneous material includes various notes, receipts, and pre-war documents.

inclusive:  circa 1825-2004
10 boxes
25 oversize boxes
6 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Philip and Jeffrey Hamburger, and Annette Levey.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jeffrey Hamburger, Philip Hamburger and Annette Levey
Record last modified: 2023-04-11 09:54:51
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