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Ita Dimant papers

Document | Accession Number: 1998.A.0258.2

The Ita Dimant papers include correspondence, photographs, personal documents, a diary, and memoirs relating to Ita Dimant’s experiences in hiding under false papers and in a labor camp in Germany. The collection includes false identification documents, correspondence between Ita and her family and wartime and post-war correspondence with the Brust family, who helped protect Ita. Also included are photographs of Ita’s family and her diary, in Polish, kept during her time as a forced laborer in Germany as well as English, Polish, and Hebrew editions of her memoir, based on her diary.

The diary was written, in Polish, by Ita on used margarine wrappers during her time as a forced laborer on a farm in Germany from 1943-1945. In her diary Ita writes about her life before the war and her experiences during the war including her time in hiding and as a forced laborer. The series also includes a Polish transcript of the diary as well as a Polish, Hebrew, and English edition of the memoir Ita wrote after the war, based on her diary.

Correspondence includes wartime and post-war correspondence between Ita and the Brust family, who helped protect Ita during the war, as well as correspondence between Ita and her family, mainly Nachman Miodownik. This series also includes school correspondence to Nachman and letters from Stanley Krayewski and Genia Ita.

Subject files include false papers, documents relating to Ita’s efforts to recognize the Brust family as Righteous Among the Nations, and pre-war, wartime, and post-war photographs of Ita’s family including her cousin Frieda, uncle Mendel Miodownik, and Stefan Gromol, whom Ita met during the war. Photographs also include images of the Warsaw ghetto including Ita with the preschoolers in the kindergarten she established in the ghetto. False documents include a birth certificate, identification cards, and working papers under Ita’s false identity of Genowefa Zawadzka.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1932-1998
Extent
2 boxes
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jacob Dimant
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Record last modified: 2019-03-19 12:21:39
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