Bruno and Jetka (Jessie) Korn papers
Collection of documents, photographs, correspondence, identification cards, and restitution material relating to Bruno Korn (b. 1911 in Breslau) and his wife Jetka Bloch Korn. The couple survived in internment camps in Italy.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ribnick, in memory of Bruno and Jesse Korn
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Also in Bruno and Jessie Korn collection
The collection consists of baby shoes, correspondence, documents, and photographs relating to Bruno Korn and his wife Jetka (Jessie) before the Holocaust in Hindenburg and Breslau, Germany, and after the Holocaust in New York.
Black leather baby shoes worn by Bruno Korn as a child in Hindenburg, Germany. His mother saved the shoes and gave them to Bruno, who took them with him when he left Germany in 1939. When Hitler came to power in Germany in January 1933, 22 year old Bruno, a cloth cutter, was living in Breslau with his parents, Simon and Jetka, and brother Rudolf. In April, Bruno was arrested and accused of making faces at Nazi officials. He was beaten, whipped, and forced to work construction on a future concentration camp for a week. During Kristallnacht on November 10, 1938, Bruno was arrested and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Living conditions were bad and Bruno was beaten. He was released in January 1939 and returned to Breslau, but was told to leave Germany. Late that spring, Bruno and his wife Jetka traveled to Milan, Italy. Following the outbreak of war in September 1939, Bruno was arrested in Genoa and held in Campagna internment camp in southern Italy. He was released in May 1941 and joined his wife in Potenza, Italy. They were liberated by Canadian forces in September 1943. All their family members were killed during the Holocaust. The couple emigrated to the United States in 1946.