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Josef and Josefine Schmitz papers

Document | Accession Number: 2014.475.1

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
1 box
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
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:03:34
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