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Alice and John Fink papers

Document | Accession Number: 1990.247.13

The Alice and John Fink papers include biographical materials, photographs, printed materials, and subject files documenting Alice and John, their families in Germany, Alice’s nursing education and work in England, John’s survival in concentration camps during the Holocaust, and the couple’s work at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp after the war.

Biographical materials include identification, education, employment, displaced persons, and restitution papers documenting John and Alice Fink as well as their ketubah. John Fink materials include his Bar Mitzvah certificate, school report cards, apprentice certificate, identification and work cards, correspondence, restitution claims, and a personal narrative documenting his childhood in Berlin, forced labor in the Siemens factory during the Holocaust, and post-war work for the British Red Cross and United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Alice Fink materials include a school certificate, British passport, identification card, employment records, and registered nurse and midwife certificates documenting her childhood in Berlin, training as a nurse, prewar and wartime work in England, and postwar work at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp.

Photographic materials include two large and two small photo albums and many loose photographs depicting Alice and John Fink, their families in prewar Berlin, and their postwar work at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp. This series includes copy prints of liberation photographs of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Color photographs depict the Blankenese children’s home after it became the Elsa Brändström Haus.

Printed materials include postwar issues of Jüdisches Gemeindeblatt für die Nord-Rheinprovinz und Westfalen, Our Voice: Central Jewish Committee, and Jüdisches Gemeindeblatt für die Britische Zone; photocopied clippings about the Holocaust; a 1983 issue of AJR Information; and 1991-1992 issues of ORT-Deutschland Magazin.

Subject files include clippings, correspondence, notes, printed materials, postcards, and testimony. The files document the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and its liberation, Gyuszi Szabo (a Hungarian Jew living in Rotterdam at the outbreak of World War II), Holocaust commemoration, a Holocaust art exhibition at Indiana University Bloomington, the Landwerk Neuendorf hachshara, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Blankenese children’s home (Elsa Brandstrom Haus).

The collection also includes one videocassette of an oral history interview with Hans Fink and seventeen sound cassettes containing reminiscences from Belsen survivor gatherings in Germany, New York, and Israel along with Kristallnacht commemorations.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1926-2003
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Extent
2 boxes
4 oversize folders
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice and John Fink
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Fink
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Record last modified: 2019-12-05 21:23:56
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