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Abraham and Mina Winiger papers

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    The Abraham and Mina Winiger papers consist of identification papers, correspondence, and photographs documenting Abraham and Mina Winiger’s families before the Holocaust in Nadwórna, Poland, their survival, their postwar life in the Föhrenwald displaced persons camp, and their efforts to receive restitution for their wartime suffering. The papers include two registration certificates for Abraham and Mina Winiger from the Jewish Agency for Palestine dated 1948; postwar letters from Ajzik Feder, Sara Rosenheck, the United Restitution Organization, and other friends made at Föhrenwald; and photographs of Abraham and Mina Winiger and their families before and during the war in Poland and after the war in Föhrenwald.
    inclusive:  circa 1934-1971
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lily Bink
    Collection Creator
    Abraham Winiger
    Mina Winiger
    Abraham (Abram) Winiger (1905-1993) was born December 21, 1905 in Nadwórna, Poland (now Nadvirna, Ukraine) to Israel and Sarah Winiger. Mina Winiger (1913-1979) was born May 5, 1913 in Majdan Górny, Poland to Markus and Sobel Händel and moved to Nadwórna. The couple were married in 1938, and their son Jakob (Jankl) was born March 1, 1941. Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union, a ghetto was established in Nadwórna in April 1942, and the family was forced to move into the ghetto. Jakob was forcibly taken from his parents and is believed to have been killed at Bełżec. Abraham and Mina escaped before the end of the year and found a Catholic woman and her teenage son who were willing to hide them in their cellar without the knowledge of their husband and father. When he discovered them, his son convinced him to let them stay. Following liberation in 1945, Abraham and Mina were refused the return of their home and spent time in Chernivtsi, Kolomyia, and Katowice. They slowly found their way to the Föhrenwald displaced persons camp in 1946, where their daughter Sara (Sharon Maybach, 1946-1989) was born. The family immigrated to the United States aboard the USAT General Holbrook via Bremerhaven in September 1949. Their daughter Lela (Lily) was born in Elmira, NY in 1950, and the family moved to Buffalo in 1953. Abraham’s and Mina’s extended families were killed in the Holocaust.

    Physical Details

    7 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Abraham and Mina Winiger 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
    Material(s) 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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    Geographic Name
    Nadvirna (Ukraine)

    Administrative Notes

    Lily Bink, daughter of Abraham and Mina Winiger, donated the Abraham and Mina Winiger papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998, 2003, and 2005. The accessions formerly cataloged as 1998.34, 2003.141, and 2005.317.1 have been incorporated into this collection.
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