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Stephen Kornreich papers

Document | Accession Number: 2019.247.1

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Stephen Kornreich, originally of Munkács, Hungary (Mukacheve, Ukraine), including his upbringing in Munkács, his life and career as an architect in Palestine from 1933-1938, and his service in the United States Army Air Corps. Included are identification papers, education and employment papers, immigration documentation, a personal narrative from his brother Beno Korda, an oral history transcript, and photographs.

Biographical material includes education documents from Technische Lehranstalt Bodenbach, Stephen’s military service in Munkács, Czech passports, Palestinian identification papers, Stephen’s membership in the Symbolische Grossloge von Deutschland im Exil, and a marriage certificate from Stephen’s father Ignatz’s second marriage to Blanka Hellermann in 1921.

Immigration papers consist of materials related to Stephen’s immigration to the United States in 1939 including RMS Queen Mary passenger lists and postcards, a health certificate, immigrant identification card, and United States Army induction paperwork. Also included is a 1946 letter from Stephen to the United States Consulate in Prague regarding affidavits for his brother Joseph Korda (under the name Markus Kornreich) and his wife Alzbeta.

Correspondence consists of a pre-war postcard sent to Stephen in Palestine; copies of two wartime letters sent to Stephen from his sister Blanka’s husband Tibor Ney in 1944, along with a translation and accompanying letter from 1997, and a 1960 letter to Stephen from Hilary Goldberg of the British ORT.

Writings consist of a transcript of an oral history interview with Stephen and a copy of his brother Beno Korda’s memoir. The memoir began as a series of letters to his niece Carole Kornreich in 1993 about his family in pre-war Munkács and his experiences as a forced-laborer in Hungary during World War II.

Photographs include pre-war depictions of Stephen and his family including his father’s second wife Blanka and his sister Sula. Also includes depictions of Stephen while serving in the United States Army Air Corps.

inclusive:  circa 1900-2018
bulk:  1921-1946
1 box
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Carole Kornreich
Record last modified: 2020-04-21 19:02:26
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