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Liesl Joseph Loeb papers

Document | Accession Number: 1991.164.118

The Liesl Joseph Loeb papers consist of correspondence files, emigration and immigration files, MS St. Louis files, photographs, and printed materials documenting the Joseph family’s departure from Germany and voyage on the St. Louis, the Passenger Committee’s work to find refuge for the ship’s passengers, and the Joseph family’s arrival in England and immigration to the United States.
Correspondence includes letters and postcard from Josef Josephs to his family while he was interned as an enemy alien as well as with fellow former passengers of the St. Louis, such as Herbert Manasse and Ernst Vendig, and with officials who tried to help passengers aboard the St. Louis, such as Morris C. Troper of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The correspondence describes conditions in the internment camp on the Isle of Man and documents the Josephs efforts to immigrate to the United States, obtain reimbursement for the Cuban landing permits that were denied by the Cuban government, and recovery of belongings shipped to Cuba. This series also includes Josef Joseph’s open letter to Joseph Goebbels as well as an appeal to the German Jewish immigrant community in the United States to establish a fund to aid orphaned and displaced children that Aufbau declined to publish. A handful of the correspondence in this series consists of photocopies or transcriptions from the 1990s. Emigration and immigration files include German documents clearing the Josephs family for emigration and listing the possession they intended to take, correspondence documenting the Josephs’ arrangements for Cuban transit visas and travel to Cuba aboard the St. Louis, messages from the American Consulate General in London regarding the Josephs’ plans to immigrate to the United States, and two records indicating the Josephs’ considered emigrating to the Dominican Republic.
MS St. Louis records primarily consist of announcements, reports, and telegrams. The telegrams documenting communications between the Passenger Committee and organizations including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Hamburg‐America Passagierlinie, A.G. (HAPAG), the German‐Jewish Aid Association (Hilfsverein), and Hias‐Ica‐Emigration Association (HICEM), the American and British governments, and the press as the Passenger Committee and Captain Schroeder tried to negotiate a safe haven for the ship’s passengers. The announcements and reports document efforts by the Passenger Committee, Captain Schroeder, and the ship’s crew to keep the passengers informed of developments. This series also includes Cuban immigrant identification cards for the Josephs family, an excerpt from Josef Joseph’s diary describing the journey, and a copy of the ship’s passenger list.
Photographs depict the Josephs family, Fritz Buff, Edie Babich, and Ilse, Karl, and Selma Simon aboard
the St. Louis.
Printed materials include British, German, Swiss, and Dutch newspaper clippings documenting the St. Louis’ return to Europe, a newspaper clipping containing Josef Joseph’s thanks to those who helped the St. Louis passengers find temporary refuge, and an informational brochure for refugees in England.

inclusive:  1938-1993
bulk:  1938-1945
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Liesl Joseph Loeb
Record last modified: 2023-03-30 15:19:40
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