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Samuel Zisman papers

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    The Samuel Zisman papers consist of biographical materials, team records, drawings and maps, memoranda and reports, personal correspondence, photographs, and printed materials documenting Samuel Zisman’s service as United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) director of District 5 in Bavaria from 1945-1947 and the administration of displaced persons camps in that district.
    Biographical materials consist of Samuel Zisman’s international certificate of inoculation and vaccination, chest x-ray, and permit to cross the Soviet zone of occupation as well as Paul Spreiregen’s career chronology and biographical sketch of Zisman and provenance statement about the custodial history of the Zisman papers.
    UNRRA team records include memoranda, notes, and reports documenting UNRRA’s efforts to secure adequate facilities and supplies for displaced persons; team organization and staff responsibilities; notable events and crises within the camps; relationships among groups of displaced persons, UNRRA personnel, the local German population, and the military government; camp conditions; health, nutrition, and sanitation; and repatriation. Many files also include organizational charts, drawings, and maps. A few files also include photographs.
    Drawings and maps consist of renderings of barracks and an UNRRA reception center; maps of District 5 zones, requisitioned housing in Munich, and the area of Traunstein/Laufen/Berchtesgaden; and illustrated Christmas greetings to Zisman from UNRRA personnel.
    Memoranda and reports document communications among UNRRA offices, the American Joint Distribution Committee, Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the American Occupied Zone in Germany, International Relief Organization, Jewish Council, and U.S. Army offices on topics such as displaced persons, “Jewish infiltrees” (non-German Jews smuggled into the American occupation zone of Germany), statistical information about Jewish populations in the American zone, and problems of Jewish displaced persons. These files also document facilities, supplies, staffing, events, and conditions in displaced person camps as well as efforts to repatriate displaced persons. This series further includes a “Berlin log” documenting Zisman’s Berlin visit in April 1947, a series of vignettes using imaginary conversation to illustrate DP problems, an invitation to the opening ceremony of the UNRRA University for Displaced Persons, and a program from an ORT exhibition.
    Personal correspondence consists of personal correspondence to Zisman from UNRRA colleagues in Europe and from friends and acquaintances in the United States sharing personal news, asking for help, and giving thanks. Frequent topics include the transfer of UNRRA duties to the International Relief Organization (IRO) and the death of IRO team director Harold Rosenblatt.
    Photographic materials include photographs from two dismantled photograph albums and loose photographs documenting Samuel Zisman and his UNRRA service in Germany. Photographs depict Zisman, UNRRA personnel, UNRRA staff meetings and social events, displaced persons, children, weddings, DP camps, visiting officials, train stations and trains repatriating survivors or relocating them to their new homes, and bombed out buildings. Most of the photographs are not labeled, but a few photographs of camps at Dorfen, Hochland, Feldafing, Geretsried, Altenstadt, Föhrenwald, and Sonthofen are identified. This series also includes a photograph of Zisman at his post-UNRRA position helping Dr. Taylor Cole interview candidates for the Civil Administration Division’s “Democracy Workshop” program. Some photograph album pages appear to be missing or to have been skipped.
    Printed materials consist of articles about refugee children published in L’Aube, clippings about displaced persons and post-war Germany, 1946 issues of D.P. Express and UNRRA Team News, a copy of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force’s Guide to the Care of Displaced Persons in Germany, and a copy of a brochure, An UNRRA Assembly Center: Esslingen o/ Neckar.
    inclusive:  1944-1996
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Paul D. Spreiregen
    Collection Creator
    Samuel B. Zisman
    Samuel B. Zisman was born in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts and served as director of the Bavarian District (District 5) of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from August 1945 to July 1947. After his service in Europe, he worked as a city planner and as a planning consultant and architect until his death in 1970 in San Antonio, Texas.

    Physical Details

    7 boxes
    4 oversize folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Samuel Zisman papers are arranged as seven series: I. Biographical materials, 1944-1947, 1996, II. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration team records, approximately 1945-1947, III. Drawings and maps, approximately 1945-1946, IV. Memoranda and reports, 1945-1947, V. Personal correspondence, 1944-1954, VI. Photographic materials, approximately 1945-1949, VII. Printed materials, 1945-1949

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
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    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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Refugee camps--Germany.

    Administrative Notes

    Paul Spreiregen donated the Samuel Zisman papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 and 1998. The accession formerly cataloged as 1998.A.0122 has been incorporated into this collection.
    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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