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Waldmann family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2019.17.2

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of the Waldmann family, originally of Bad Windsheim, Germany. Included are German passports, family history, immigration documents, correspondence, and photographs regarding brothers Leopold, Max, and Sigmund, and their families including their mother Emma Esther Waldmann, and Max’s wife Charlotte and sons Kurt and Otto.

Biographical materials include Charlotte Waldmann’s German passport which also included her sons Kurt and Otto; Emma Esther Waldmann’s German identification card and passport, packing inventory, receipt for travel on the SS Rex, and immigrant identification card; and several documents related to the history of the Waldmann family. Also included are copies of the ship manifests for Frieda Aal (née Waldmann) aboard the SS Ile de France in 1938, Max Waldmann aboard the SS Washington in 1938, Charlotte, Kurt, and Otto Waldmann aboard the SS Manhattan in 1939, and Emma Esther Waldmann aboard the SS Rex in 1940.

Correspondence consists of letters sent from Leopold and his wife Sophie in Augsburg, Germany to their daughter Irmgard in the United States; Sigmund and his wife Hedwig in Augsburg to his niece Friedl and his mother Emma in the United States; Leopold, Sigmund, and Sophie in Augsburg to their nephew Kurt in the United States; and post-war letters from Max. The letter to Kurt is dated 4 June 1940 and congratulates him on his bar mitzvah. It was likely the last letter he received from them.

Photographs primarily consist of pre-war depictions of the Waldmann family in Windsheim, Germany. Included are photographs of Leopold, Sigmund, and Max in their German military uniforms during World War I, portraits of members of Max’s wife Charlotte’s family the Hausmanns, Friedl Waldmann’s wedding in 1934, and childhood photographs of Kurt and Otto. There are also loose photograph album pages and donor-provided copies of photographs with identifications.

inclusive:  circa 1890-2011
bulk:  1930-1941
1 box
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Otto Waldmann
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Kurt Waldmann
Record last modified: 2020-04-21 19:02:28
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