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Hess family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2000.130.2

The Hess family papers consist of original and photocopies of biographical material, emigration and immigration material, newspapers, and a diary relating to Adolf and Jette Hess and their daughters Ilse and Vera Hess’ voyage on the MS St. Louis, their disembarkation and experiences in France, and their eventual emigration to Cuba in 1941 and the United States in 1944.

Biographical material includes documents relating to Adolf’s service in World War I including a certificate for his service, passports for Vera and Jette, paperwork for payment of Adolf’s funeral, and copy of Vera’s birth certificate.

The collection includes a photocopy of a diary written by Adolf while aboard the MS St. Louis and in France as well as a translation of the diary. In his diary Adolf writes about his family’s experiences aboard the St. Louis and the struggles of trying to immigrate to Cuba or the United States.

Education documents include certificates for Vera during her time in Montintin and Cuba including a certificate for a first aid class, report cards from ORT courses, and a letter of reference from Vera’s work in Cuba as well as newspapers and articles relating to Vera and her education.

Emigration and immigration material includes passenger identification cards for Jette and Ilse, a good conduct certificate, a ticket for the St. Louis, Cuban refugee cards, correspondence relating to obtaining visas, safe conduct passes for Adolf, Vera, and Jette, and an affidavit for Jette.

inclusive:  circa 1915-1944
5 folders
3 oversize folders
Record last modified: 2020-07-14 12:59:42
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