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Gunther and Harry Rice correspondence

Document | Accession Number: 2015.198.1

The Gunther and Harry Rice correspondence consists of letters and postcards received by both Gunther Rice and his uncle Harry Rice, from family members living in Germany, Poland, and England. The correspondence mainly documents the efforts in trying to bring family members from Germany to the United States from 1938-1941.

The correspondence collected by Gunther Rice are from his time living in Otwock, Poland and Cardiff, England, and consists mainly of letters written by his parents (Chiam and Lea Esther) and sister, Betti, while they lived in Zbaszyn and Lwow, Poland (L’viv, Ukraine). They contain family news and document the family’s hardships while living in Poland from 1939 to 1941.

The correspondence collected by Harry Rice are mainly from his time living in Chicago, Illinois, though there are some letters from friends while he was living in Bolechow, Germany before he emigrated to the United States. Much of the correspondence are from his siblings, Fanny Kauf (nee Fruchter), Lea Esther Zloczower (nee Fruchter), and Nathan Fruchter. The letters from Fanny and Nathan contain mainly family news from Germany from before and after World War II, whereas the letters from Lea Esther primarily concern the emigration of her son, Simon, to the United States. Also in this series are correspondence from Gunther and his siblings. Correspondence from Simon Rice document his journey to the United States, and later his role in the U.S. army, while Gunther’s and Julius’ letters are dated post-World II and update Harry on their lives. Lastly, there are several letters from Hersch Kleinbard, Harry’s cousin, whom he helped to bring over to the United States, as well as additional correspondence from friends wishing him well on his immigration to the United States in 1913.

inclusive:  1913-1948
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gunther Rice
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:55:11
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