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Kahn family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.613.2

The collection documents the Kahn family’s experiences in Germany, France, and Switzerland during the Holocaust. The bulk of the collection consists of letters written to Ruth Kahn in Switzerland from her parents Leo and Elfriede Kahn and her sister Marga Kahn in Sulzburg, Germany and internment camps in southern France at Rivesaltes, Gurs and Les Milles. Also included is other correspondence, identification papers, restitution paperwork, immigration documentation, and a photograph album.

Biographical material includes Ruth’s birth certificate, a religious school report card, and a registration document from Basel; Marga’s 1943 day planner from Switzerland; restitution paperwork; Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) receipts issued to Max Kahn in Israel; a 1939 Hanukkah program from the Jewish School in Freiburg; and German identification papers belonging to Ruth’s husband Guenther Marx’s parents, Hugo and Klara Marx.

Correspondence primarily consists of letters written to Ruth in Switzerland from her parents and sister Marga in Sulzburg, 1939-1940, Gurs, 1940-1941, Rivesaltes, 1941-1942, and Les Milles, 1942. The last letters received by Ruth from her parents are from early August 1942. Other correspondence includes letters from Marga to Ruth after she fled France for Switzerland in 1942, her other sister Paula in the United States, and her brother Sally.

Immigration papers include an inventory of Ruth’s belongings she took with her on the 1939 Kindertransport and documents related to her time in Switzerland, Marga’s 1943 train ticket to Nimes on her way to Switzerland, and two 1942 documents to the American Consulate and German Consulate regarding emigration efforts of Hugo and Klara Marx.

The photograph album includes pre-war depictions of the Kahn family, and wartime and post-war images of Ruth Kahn and her husband Gunther Marx.

inclusive:  1908-1979
bulk:  1939-1947
2 boxes
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judy Pitson
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marga Kahn Birnbaum
Record last modified: 2021-11-22 15:32:58
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