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Nathan and Edith Litvin papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.493.1

The Nathan and Edith Litvin collection document the marriage of a Jewish American soldier and an Auschwitz survivor, likely one of the first “war brides” to come to the United States as such. The collection includes some pre-war photographs of the Festinger family, and of Edith Festinger and her sister Hilda (and some of other siblings) after liberation, as well as some documents attesting to Edith’s wartime experiences and post-war work. However, the majority of the collection relates to Nathan and Edith’s marriage in Paris in July 1946 and return to the United States, where they held a religious ceremony in August 1946. It includes bureaucratic paperwork, souvenirs from days surrounding their wedding, multiple telegrams about procedure, and telegrams congratulating the couple. Naomi Litvin’s book and the catalog contained within the collection provide a thorough and detailed context for the original material. The collection also includes DVDs of film footage which Nathan Litvin shot in the summer of 1946, including footage taken in Europe and of the couple’s wedding in the United States.

inclusive:  1920-1999
bulk:  1945-1946
1 box
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Naomi Litvin
Record last modified: 2021-11-23 09:39:36
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