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Henry Dressler papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.379.11

The Henry Dressler papers consists of biographical material, writings, restitution material, photographs, and correspondence related to the Holocaust experiences of Henry (Heinz) Dressler and his family. Joachim and Martha, along with their children Henry and Susi, survived the war by working in Oskar Schindler’s factory. The collection consists of Henry’s wartime and post-war diary, the family’s work papers for Oskar Schindler, immediate post-war correspondence of Henry and Joachim Dressler to various family members, friends, and associates, and photographs depicting the Dressler family before, during, and after the war. There is a large gap of materials from about 1947 until the 1990s. The collection also includes restitution papers, speeches written by Henry Dressler later in his life to discuss and commemorate his experience with the Holocaust, and clippings Henry kept about Oskar Schindler and the movie Schindler’s List, his own speeches, and the Holocaust in general.

Biographical material for Martha Dressler include a certificate from Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik attesting that Martha was transported from Płaszów, a DP identification card, a statement of wartime health, a certificate of naturalization, and documents relating to her death. Biographical material relating to Joachim includes a statement of his participation in WWI, a certificate from Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik attesting that he was transported from Płaszów, a DP registration card, a document attesting that he worked at the factory, a letter granting Joachim permission to leave DP camp in Modena, Italian identification papers for his family, a certificate of naturalization, and original and copies of documents relating to his death. Documents relating to Henry includes school records, identification cards, copies of his birth certificate, a statement that Henry was a prisoner in Brünnlitz and worked at Schindler’s factory, a medical certificate, a pass to leave Brünnlitz, and a pass to visit Oberhaid as well as post-war work papers from the Civil Labour Unit and Universal Film. This series also includes family trees and other family research as well as negative of original documents.

Restitution files includes documents, applications, and correspondence regarding Henry and his wife’s efforts to receive restitution for their wartime suffering, including life insurance for Joachim and Martha Dressler.

Writings include poems, mainly from Joachim to Henry, and two diaries, one in short-hand, kept by Henry in 1945 as well as a translation. The series also includes advertisements, speeches, notes, thank you letters, and projects relating to Henry’s time speaking to schools and the community about his experiences.

Clippings include mainly 1990s articles relating to the history, memorialization, education, and research of the Holocaust and Schindler’s List as well as editorial reviews and articles relating to Henry’s speaking engagements and interviews.

Immediate post-war correspondence is mainly between Henry and others regarding life before immigrating, immigrations, life in the United States, and the whereabouts of other after the war. Later correspondence details the organization of speaking engagements as well as personal correspondence between Henry and Joachim Dressler to various family members, friends, and associates.

Photographs include three scrapbooks and an album compiled by Henry about his experiences and life after the war which include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and responses to his speeches. The series also includes pre-war, wartime, and post-war photographs of the Dressler family, including living in Kraków and Martha and Henry Dressler’s wedding.

inclusive:  1915-2009
5 boxes
1 oversize box
11 oversize folders
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Diane Spiegel Belok and Donna Kantor Krasner
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:03:03
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