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Rosendahl and Blasbalg family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.480.1

Correspondence, telegrams, passports, immigration and naturalization documents, birth certificates, educational records, and other documents, related to the immigration of Ernst and Jenny Rosendahl (Blasbalg) from Germany to France, and then the United States; the immigration of Mrs. Rosendahl's sister, Gerda Miller, first to Palestine and then to Britain and the United States; and attempts to help their father, Fritz Blasbalg, emigrate from Germany, and then from German-occupied Netherlands, which were ultimately unsuccessful.

The files concerning Fritz Blasblag primarily contain correspondence with his daughter and son-in-law pertaining to the latter’s efforts to obtain a visa for Blasbalg from 1939-1941. Blasbalg describes conditions in Berlin, and then after his expulsion from Germany in 1939, the Netherlands, including living conditions in the latter location, discussions of possible places that he could immigrate to (including Britain, China, and the United States), and various strategies and attempts to secure documentation. In one letter to his daughter, Blasbalg also enclosed a handwritten copy of a letter he had received from his brother Emil, when the latter was interned at Gurs and appealing for help. Remaining correspondence in this series consists of telegrams and correspondence with Cuban and American consular officials, shipping companies, and attorneys, all related to the efforts to help Blasbalg leave Europe.

The papers of Gerda (Blasbalg) Miller consist primarily of immigration documentation, papers related to her university studies in New York in the 1950s, and her work as an educator and director of a Jewish pre-school in New York from the 1950s to the 1970s. Also included is a brief memoir that Miller began to compile shortly before her death in 2003. The files related to Ernst Rosendahl and Jenny (Blasbalg) Rosendahl document their studies of law in Berlin and Heidelberg, their admittance—and later expulsion—from the Kammergericht in Berlin, and their business and professional activities in France and the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Ernst Rosendahl’s business ventures in West Germany after 1950. The Rosendahls’ files contain immigration and identification documents, and Ernst Rosendahl’s files also contain an affidavit written in the 1950s, providing a detailed list of his political contacts and activities, first in Germany, and then in exile, in an apparent defense against charges of having been a Communist sympathizer.

inclusive:  1906-2003
bulk:  1937-1946
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Rosendahl
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:53:55
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