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Eichengrün and Stern families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2017.627.15

Biographical material, immigration paperwork, correspondence, writings, and photographs documenting the pre-war, wartime, and post-war experiences of Fritz and Hedi Stern, including their lives in Munich, Germany, their previous marriages, Fritz’s medical career in Munich, their immigration to the United States in 1936, attempts to help Hedi’s father Sally Eichengrün and his second wife Alice immigrate to the United States from Switzerland, and their son Walter’s death while serving with the United States Army. The papers also include material regarding Fritz and Hedi’s children from previous marriages: Elisabeth, Marianne, Herbert, Walter, and Gertrude, their daughter Eva, and their relatives in the Eichengrün and Stern families.

Biographical material includes family papers related to various members of the Eichengrün and Stern families, identification papers, children’s artwork, Fritz’s professional career as a doctor, Hedi’s divorce from Franz Gutmann in 1929, the death of Fritz’s first wife Hedwig Neumeyer, an appraisal of the Stern’s household possessions shortly after arriving in California, Walter’s United States Army service, and restitution claims.

Immigration material consists of paperwork regarding the Sterns’s planned immigration to Palestine, their immigration to the United States in 1936, and the transfer of German assets after their move. There is also significant paperwork of Fritz and Hedwig’s unsuccessful efforts to assist her father and his second wife immigrate to the United States after they fled Germany to Orselina, Switzerland.

Letters from the Eichengrün family primarily consist of letters from Hedi’s father and mother, and her brother Fritz. Letters received after 1936 also include correspondence with Sally’s second wife Alice. The bulk of the wartime and post-war correspondence regards their life in Switzerland, Sally’s health, and their efforts to immigrate to the United States. Stern family correspondence includes wartime letters from Fritz’s first wife Hedwig Neumeyer’s family in Munich and Argentina, his brother Karl and wife Carrie, and Liesel Stern, a relative who perished in the Holocaust. Other correspondence includes pre-war, wartime, and post-war letters received by Fritz and Hedi from friends and family in the United States and abroad, and letters exchanged between the Stern and Gutmann children including letters from Walter after he enlisted.

Writings consist of clippings, memoirs, family histories, poems, and articles. Included are typed memoirs by Hedi about her childhood and typed transcripts of oral histories conducted with her about her life and family. Topics include her childhood, her first marriage, the birth of her children, immigration to the United States, her parents’ flight to Switzerland during World War II, and Walter’s death in 1945. Other writings include histories of the Eichengrün and Neumeyer families, a 1914 diary (author unknown, but likely belonging to Fritz), poems by Hedi, Walter’s Bar Mitzvah speech, and a Provisional Constitution for the Jewish Community in Munich that Fritz was involved with.

Photographs consist primarily of depictions of Hedwig, Fritz, and their children in Germany and the United States. Included are portraits, candid, and travel photographs of the Eichengrün and Stern families in Germany, including friends, relatives, Hedwig’s first husband Franz Gutmann, and Fritz’s first wife Hedwig Neumeyer. There are numerous photographs of the family after their immigration to the United States, including depictions of Walter in his army uniform.

inclusive:  1872-2005
bulk:  1936-1956
8 boxes
5 oversize boxes
3 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Deborah L. Silver
Record last modified: 2021-11-22 15:33:03
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