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Bartfeld family papers

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    Consists of documents, copies of memoirs, photographs, and photocopies related to the Holocaust experiences of members of the Bartfeld family. Includes pre-war life, the expropriation of the family butter and dairy product business in Vienna, emigration to Palestine, and life in Palestine/Israel.
    inclusive:  1896-2003
    bulk:  1925-1940
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Bartfeld
    Collection Creator
    Charles Bartfeld
    Karl (later Charles) Bartfeld was born on September 26,1921 in Vienna, Austria, to Max and Irene (Epstein) Bartfeld. Max (b. March 6, 1886) worked with his father; together they owned "Hermann Bartfeld und Sohn," which manufactured prize-winning butter, cheese, and other dairy products. On March 17, 1915, Max married Irene Epstein (b. February 9, 1895) who was originally from Doloplas, Czechoslovakia. The couple had three children: Rosa (later Ruth), Karl, and Robert. Karl attended the Handelsakademie, a private school in Vienna in which the children learned business acumen. In the fall of 1938, he was expelled from school. Rosa escaped to England to work as an au pair. Fearful for his family, Max purchased Palestine certificates. Karl left for Palestine in September 1938 on a small Yugoslav ship. He lived in a small agricultural religious community before moving to Tel Aviv. On Kristallnacht, Max was arrested, but instead of being sent to Dachau, he was released when the Austrian policeman realized that Irene's family had given his family food during World War I. Max, Irene, and Robert were able to immigrate to Palestine in March 1939. Max opened a store on Allenby Street in Tel Aviv. Karl changed his name to Charles and served in the British Army during World War II, and later in the Israeli Army.

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    German English
    2 boxes

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    Donor retains copyright on copyrightable material. Other material 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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    Dr. Charles Bartfeld donated this collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014.
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