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Walter Kamlet papers

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    Consists of original pre-war, wartime, and post-war documents, restitution paperwork, and photographs related to the life and Holocaust experiences of Walter Kamlet, originally of Berlin, Germany. The collection includes information regarding Kamlet's life as a teenager at the Château de la Hille children's home run by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE), as well as a large number of photographs of the other children in the home, and documents regarding his escape into Switzerland in April 1944. Also includes documents about Kamlet's parents, Benno and Mila Kamlet, who survived the Holocaust in hiding in Belgium.
    inclusive:  1928-2007
    bulk:  1940-1956
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Christa Salathe
    Collection Creator
    Walter Kamlet
    Walter Kamlet was born in Berlin, Germany, on October 22, 1922, to Benno and Mila Kamlet. He had a younger brother, Manfred. Benno Kamlet owned a sporting goods store in Berlin. During the war, the family moved to Belgium where Benno and Mila survived the Holocaust in hiding while Walter and Manfred were placed in a children’s home. In May 1940, the children's home was evacuated to France, ending up at Château de la Hille, near the Spanish border. Walter was a skilled musician and played concerts for the other children at la Hille, and received treatment for tuberculosis. In April 1944, he and Manfred escaped into Switzerland, as did Manfred. Walter remained in Switzerland for the rest of his life, living with his companion, Christa Salanthe.

    Physical Details

    German English French
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The Walter Kamlet papers are arranged as two series:
    Series 1: Documents, 1928-2007
    Series 2: Photographs, 1942-1944 and undated

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Estate of Walter Kamlet donated this collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 2, 2014.
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