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Hana and Charles Bruml papers

Document | Accession Number: 1989.303.57

The Hana and Charles Bruml papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, personal narratives, photographic materials, printed materials, and Theresienstadt materials documenting Hana and Charles Bruml from Czechoslovakia, their families, their survival in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, and their immigration to the United States after the Holocaust.
Biographical materials consist of birth, marriage, and death certificates; school records; identification papers; displaced persons records; and immigration and citizenship records documenting the Bruml family (Hana, Charles, Irma, Jindrich, Otto, and Richard), the Müller family (Richard and Hedwig), the Schiff family (Karel, Marta, Richard, Rudolf), Karel Fischer, and Bruno Mandl. This series also includes family trees; correspondence documenting efforts to trace the fates of member of the Müller, Schindler, Raiman, and Epstein families; immigration materials; and an untitled list of names including Karel Fischer’s.
Correspondence files primarily comprise letters exchanged between Hana and Charles Bruml during the months between her immigration to the United States in May 1946 and their marriage at the end of the year. Additional postwar correspondence with family members, friends, and colleagues relates Holocaust experiences, documents immigration plans, and shares information about psychological investigations. A handful of 19th century letters to Julie Fraenkel convey birthday wishes from her husband and son. A postcard and letter from Karel Fischer document his World War I service in Przemyśl and postwar experiences in Vladivostok. Letters and telegrams document Richard Bruml’s political imprisonment in Rottenburg am Neckar in 1941 and 1942 and his death. Postcards from Otto Bruml describe his life in Theresienstadt in 1943.
Personal narratives relate the Holocaust and immigration experiences of Charles Bruml, Edith Lowy, and three unidentified survivors. The narratives describe prewar life in Czechoslovakia, survival in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and the Skarżysko-Kamienna labor camp, and arrival in New York after the war.
Photographic materials consist of prewar and postwar photographs of family members and friends. This series also includes a photograph album, Kultura v Terezine, created by George Lauscher and documenting a memorial exhibition about Theresienstadt.
Printed materials include May 1945 copies of 21 Army Group News Bulletin and Die Mitteilungen, as well as clippings, articles, and speeches about the Holocaust. This series also includes an unbound copy of the pamphlet Jak si terezínští heftlinkové představovali, že bude vypadat československé státní zřízení, and a copy of an American Temperance Society display order form.
Theresienstadt materials comprise photostats and photocopies of drawings and maps of Theresienstadt, a road project for a street leading to a crematorium, and a report about food supplies and deaths at Theresienstadt dated March 1942. The drawings and maps were prepared by Charles Bruml in his role in the technical department at Theresienstadt.

inclusive:  circa 1880-2001
2 boxes
7 oversize folders
1 oversize box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hana Bruml
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 10:41:55
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