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Joseph Berger papers

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.A.0187

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    The Joseph Berger papers consist of a brief memoir, identification papers, ration tickets, business permits, immigration documents, restitution paperwork, and a photograph documenting Joseph Berger and his family, the Lwów ghetto, surviving the Holocaust under a false identity, and immigrating to the United States.

    The brief memoir describes the Lwów ghetto, the murder of Berger’s first wife and older daughter, saving his younger daughter by giving her a false name and abandoning her in a park, escaping from the ghetto with his second wife, surviving the rest of the war using false identification papers, and finding his younger daughter after the war. His memoir also describes a six week transfer to Buchenwald, being marked with a prisoner number, and surviving a selection, but these events cannot be confirmed.

    The remaining material documents Berger’s survival of the last two years of the war using false papers, his status as a Holocaust victim, efforts to retrieve property, his postwar life and work in Berlin, his immigration to the United States, efforts to receive compensation for lost property, and his return visit to the Lwów/Janowska camp.
    inclusive:  1943-1990
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Berger
    Collection Creator
    Joseph Berger
    Joseph Berger was born in Lemberg (L’viv) in 1907 to Jakob and Syla Berger and worked in the lumber industry. He married Anna Lax in 1936 and had two daughters, Janina (b. 1937) and Celina (b. 1940), and his family was forced into the local ghetto following the German occupation. His wife and older daughter were killed, but his younger daughter was smuggled out and survived the Holocaust in hiding under the name Mary. Joseph escaped in 1943 with Anna Astman, whom he married in 1944. He found Celina after the war and immigrated to the United States in 1947 with her, his new wife, and their son Kesil (b. 1946).

    Physical Details

    6 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Joseph Berger papers are arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Joseph Berger retains copyright to his memoir. Other material in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Joseph Berger donated his papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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