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James Georg Lau papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.290.2

The James Georg Lau papers consist of five diaries written by James Georg Lau between 1939-1941 and 1944-1953, describing his life in Liepāja Latvia, the Soviet occupation, being forced out of school because he was half-Jewish, and his mother being forced into the ghetto. There is a gap in the diaries from 1941-1944 while James was in Germany. When Lau continued his diary in 1944, he describes the end of the war, when he and his father went to Germany, and working as a journalist in Bayreuth from 1945-1953. The collection also includes loose pages and newspaper clippings from the diaries, work documents for James, a photocopy of a letter from James to his Aunt, and original and copy prints of pre-war and post-war photographs. Also included is a photocopy of a memoir, with some annotations, titled "James Georg Lau (1927-2011): The Fate of a German Jew from Latvia," in which he traces his family history and describes the family's experiences during World War II.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1922-2013
bulk:  1939-1953
Language
German
Latvian
Genre/Form
Diaries.
Photographs.
Extent
4 folders
5 book enclosures
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Barbara Lau
 
Record last modified: 2020-04-21 19:02:04
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