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Stekler family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2011.156.2

The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, and photographs documenting the pre-war lives of Gisela (née Schrott) and Walter Stekler in Vienna, Austria and their immigration to the United States in 1938 (Walter) and 1939 (Gisela and their son Herman). Included are identification documents, education and professional records, immigration paperwork, pre-war family photographs, and correspondence. The correspondence includes pre-war and wartime letters from Gisela’s father David Schrott and other family and friends in Europe and elsewhere.

Biographical material include identification documents, employment records, report cards, and immigration paperwork. Documents of Gisela and Walters’s include biographical and identity documents, employment records related their careers as tailors, report cards, and tax documents and receipts. Immigration paperwork includes a small amount of documents from the Jewish Agency for Palestine, the Mexican Consulate, the American Consulate in German-annexed Austria, and the United States Department of State. Other papers include vaccination certificates of their son Herman and various records relating to Gisela’s mother, Franziska Schrott (née Wolfinger), her father David Schrott, and Hermann Wolfinger.

Correspondence primarily consists of letters written to Gisela and Walter by friends and family throughout the world between 1933 and 1941. The bulk is from Gisela’s father David Schrott and step-mother Luisa Schrott of Vienna. Other correspondents include Gisela’s sister Rosa in London, Walter’s sister Rosa, and friends in Shanghai, China, New Jersey, and Austrialia. Many of the letters detail efforts to obtain immigration papers to flee Europe in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II. Other topics include discussion of the wellbeing of friends and their plans to seek safety, being unable to work, and other family matters. Also included are telegrams sent from Gisela to Walter during her journey from Rotterdam, Netherlands to New York City and pre-war postcards sent to Gisela by family and friends.

Photographs consist of pre-war depictions of Gisela and family and friends. Included are portraits, casual scenes, and several large group photographs.

inclusive:  1893-1970
bulk:  1911-1941
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Herrmann Otto Stekler
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Beth Stekler
Record last modified: 2022-03-11 13:52:05
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