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Josef and Josefine Schmitz papers

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    The Josef and Josefine Schmitz papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, emigration files, photographs, and restitution files documenting their lives in Břeclav, Vienna, Brno, and Tel Aviv; their emigration from Czechoslovakia to Palestine in 1939 with their daughter Judith; and their efforts to recover their property and receive restitution after the war.
    Biographical materials include birth, marriage, and health certificates; school records; and identification and military papers documenting Josef, Josefine, and Judith Schmitz along with correspondence and forms documenting Josef’s Austrian citizenship and the family’s citizenship status in Czechoslovakia.
    Correspondence documents family members and friends in Czechoslovakia, Israel, Germany, and Austria; emigration plans; Holocaust experiences; postwar lives; efforts to trace family members and witnesses; and efforts to obtain restitution.
    Emigration files include packing lists and evaluations of items the Schmitz family intended to take to Palestine as well as records documenting preparations and expenses related to emigration.
    Photographs depict Josef, Josefine, and Judith Schmitz with family and friends in Europe and on the boat to Palestine.
    Restitution files include correspondence, forms, statements, notifications, and printed materials document the Schmitz family’s efforts to recover financial assets and real property inherited from the Schmitz and Schlesinger families, and to receive insurance and pension payments.
    inclusive:  1904-1974
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eyal and Rony Rolnizki This gift is made in memory of Josef and Josefine Schmitz, their maternal grandparents and Judith Schmitz Rolnizki, their Mother
    Collection Creator
    Josef Schmitz
    Josef Schmitz (1894-1973) was born in Lundenburg, Moravia (Břeclav, Czech Republic) to Koloman and Mathilde Schmitz. He worked in textiles in Vienna before relocating to Brno in 1930. His wife, Josefine Schmitz (1903-2000), was born in Brno to Heinrich (Jindřich) and Henriette (Jindřiška) Schlesinger (1879-1943), and the couple worked at Henriette’s coffeehouse. They had daughter Judith in 1931. Josef, Josefine, and Judith relocated to Tel Aviv in November 1939. Henriette was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942 and then to Auschwitz in 1943, where she was killed.

    Physical Details

    German Czech Hebrew
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The Josef and Josefine Schmitz papers are arranged as five series: I. Biographical materials, 1904-1973 (bulk 1904-1939), II. Correspondence, 1924-1967, III. Emigration files, 1939-1941, IV. Photographs, approximately 1919-1939, V. Restitution files, 1913-1974

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    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

    Eyal and Rony Rolnizki donated the Josef and Josefine Schmitz papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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