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Hornstein family collection

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    The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of the Hornstein family, originally of Przemyśl, Poland, including being forced from Poland 1942 to Soviet work camps in Siberia and Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and post-war immigrations to Cuba and the United States. Included are personal papers of Irving Hornstein, immigration paperwork regarding Cuba and the United States, an autograph book, clipping, and photograph album. Personal papers of Irving include Hebrew lessons from Havana, Cuba and New York, diplomas, and copies of U.S. Army discharge papers. Immigration paperwork includes affidavits of support, identification papers, and correspondence. Photographs include prewar and wartime depictions of the Hornstein family, including Irving’s father Chiel Hornstein, and post-war family photographs in Cuba and New York.
    inclusive:  circa 1935-circa 2010
    bulk:  1945-1968
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Diane Hornstein.
    Collection Creator
    Irving Hornstein (1937-2016) was born Issac Hornstein on 9 November 1937 Przemyśl, Poland to Chiel and Otylia Hornstein. Otylia Hornstein (1908-1954) was born Otylia Geitzholz. She had several siblings including Aron Geitzholz, Sonia Geitzholz, and Hershel Geitzholz. After the start of World War II, Przemyśl was split and occupied by both Germany and Russia. By 1942 the Hornsteins were forced from Przemyśl and sent by the Soviet Red Army to labor camps in Siberia, Turkestan, and Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Irving’s father and several of Otylia’s siblings perished from typhus in the camps.

    After the war, Irving and his mother went to Wrocław, Poland. Otylia’s brother Aron Geitzholz immigrated to Cuba before the war, and she and her son immigrated there with his help in 1948. They visited Otylia’s cousin Malcha Wolkenfeld in the United States in 1950. During the trip Otylia reconnected with Paul Feldstein, who she knew before the war, and they married 5 months later, and she remained in the U.S. Irving was briefly deported to Canada for overstaying his visa. He attended Long Island University on a soccer scholarship. He later graduated from Temple Dental School in 1965. Irving served with the United States Army Dental Corps from 1965-1968, and was discharged with the rank of captain. He met Diane Geller in 1968 and they married six months later. He worked as a dentist and the couple had three daughters.

    Physical Details

    7 folders
    1 oversize folder
    System of Arrangement
    Folder 1. Autograph album, 1947
    Oversize 1. Clipping, 1958
    Folder 2. Hornstein, Irving: Personal papers, 1948-2002
    Folder 3-4. Immigration papers, 1947-1960
    Folder 5. Photographs, 1950-circa 2010
    Folder 6. Photograph album, circa 1935-circa 1960
    Folder 7. Empty photograph album

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of the material(s) in this collection. 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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    United States. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Diane Hornstein in 2019.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 18:04:26
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