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John Honig family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2018.490.6

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of John Honig (born Gerhart Honig) and his parents Gertrude and Walter Honig, including their flight from Vienna, Austria to England in September 1938, their immigration to the United States in 1939, and John’s enlistment in the United States Army in 1943. Included is biographical material, diaries, a small amount of immigration papers, correspondence, and photographs.

The biographical material includes family genealogy research, including family trees for the Honig, Weiss, Hohenberg, and Theumann families; birth and death certificates, report cards, biographies, obituaries, John’s day planner/diaries from 1939-1942 and his army discharge document; documents regarding Walter’s service in the Austrian Army during World War I; John’s aunt Hermina Lorch’s notebook with notes on literature; clippings about Samuel Theumann/Thewman, a relative who was an opera conductor in Vienna; and papers of Gertrude’s brother Franz Weiss (1898-1975). Additionally, there is a scrapbook of theatrical programs kept by Gertrude and Walter with programs, tickets, and other ephemera related to shows they attended in Vienna and New York.

The immigration papers primarily document Gertrude and Walter’s immigration from England to the United States in April 1939. Included is a program from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a KLM flight pamphlet, a passenger list from the RMS Aquitania, and a list of belongings shipped from Vienna to New York (none of which arrived). Immigration papers of John’s consist of a Deutsche Luftansa luggage tag from his flight from Vienna to London in 1938 and a telegram to his parents announcing his arrival in New York aboard the MV Britannic on 1 April 1940.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters in English to John from his parents during his army service, 1943-1945. Other correspondence includes letters to Gertrude from her brother Franz, letters to Gertrude and Walter from Reverend Arthur Parry who cared for John while he was in England, and letters from Gertrude’s sister Liesl and her husband Josef (Pepi). Also includes donor-provided translations of select letters from Gertrude and Walter, 1938-1939.

Photographs include pre-war, wartime, and post-war depictions of the Honig, Theumann, and Weiss families, and John and his parents. Also included is a photocopy of Arthur Parry and a small photograph album documenting John’s time in England.

inclusive:  circa 1890-2014
bulk:  1938-1949
2 boxes
2 oversize boxes
1 oversize folder
3 book enclosures
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John Honig
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 11:47:47
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