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Paul Mayer papers

Document | Accession Number: 2019.208.1

The collection documents the Holocaust and post-war experiences of Paul Mayer, originally of Frankfurt am Main, including his forced labor in the Blankenburg am Harz concentration camp in 1945, his father Fritz Mayer’s deportation and death in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, his immigration to the United States in 1947, and his studies at the University of Cincinnati. Included are biographical materials, immigration papers, correspondence, diaries, an illustrated personal narrative titled Vom Main zum Ohio, and one photograph.

Biographical materials include clippings related to Paul while he was a student at the University of Cincinnati; his education in Germany and apprenticeship with master locksmith Heinrich Thielmann; his studies at the University of Cincinnati; post-war employment at the Reichsbahn; identification papers such as his certificate of identity in lieu of passport and a certificate from his confirmation in 1938; a clipping and poem regarding the death of Paul’s sister Marianne in 1942; and Alice Waeldin’s family genealogy book and business card from a lingerie store she worked at in Germany. There is a document from 1 March 1945 informing Paul that he was to be deported to the Blankenburg am Harz concentration camp for forced labor. Also included are photocopies of documents related to Fritz’s imprisonment and death in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943 including the postcard Paul’s father sent his family, a deposit slip for 40 RM deposited for Fritz, and the postcard received in 1943 informing Alice that Fritz had died of myocarditis.

Immigration papers include Paul’s Emigration Assembly Center ticket and embarkation card, inventory of items he was bringing with him, his ticket for the USS Ernie Pyle, Selective Service documents, and naturalization certificate.

Correspondence includes two post-war letters to Paul and Heinz from their mother Alice, and a postcard from his former pastor.

Writings include three diaries spanning 1945-1950, a book of poetry, and an illustrated personal memoir Vom Main zum Ohio, that chronicles Paul’s Holocaust experiences and his immigration to the United States.

Photographs consist of a photo of Paul at his confirmation in March 1938.

Date
inclusive:  1938-1982
bulk:  1938-1954
Language
German
English
Extent
1 box
3 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Virginia Mayer
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Record last modified: 2019-07-29 16:17:24
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