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Samuel Gurvitz Papers

Identifier: P-352

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, schedules and notes from Gurvitz's trips to Palestine (1934 and 1936), Paris, Berlin and Warsaw (1939), and Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Paris (1939.) The European trips, sponsored by the American Joint Distribution Committee, centered on visiting camps for illegal refugees and Jewish towns. His notes discuss the political and emotional mood in Europe at this time due to the impact of Nazi Germany. The notes are a firsthand account of what was happening to Jews in Germany, with specific examples.


  • 1934-1939


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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Biographical Note

Samuel H. Gurvitz was born in Boston and graduated from Boston English High School in 1921 and Suffolk Law School in 1926. A resident of Newton, Massachusetts, he owned the New England Millwork Distributors in Dorchester, Massachusetts for 30 years and practiced law privately. He was married to Rima Gans and together they had two daughters, Joy and Linda.

Gurvitz was a World War II veteran. In addition to his businesses he was a volunteer program director at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale and the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. He also conducted services at Brighton Marine Hospital.

Gurvitz died on February 12, 1987.


  1. Obituary of Samuel H. Gurvitz in the Boston Globe, published February 12, 1987 (page 58.)


Graduated from Boston English High School
Graduated from Suffolk Law School
1934, 1936
Trips to Palestine (sponsored by the American Joint Distribution Committee.)
Trips to Paris, Berlin and Warsaw; and Budapest, Vienna, Paris and Prague (sponsored by the American Joint Distribution Committee.)
February 12, 1987
SG dies.


0.25 linear feet (1 half*manuscript box)


Samuel H. Gurvitz was the owner of New England Millworks in Dorchester, Massachusetts and a veteran of World War II. In 1936 and 1939, he visited Palestine, and the photographs from this trip are included in the collection. In 1939 Gurvitz visited Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna and Prague and witnessed firsthand how the political situation in Nazi Germany was impacting European Jews. His notes from these trips are also included in this collection.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Samuel H. Gurvitz in 1974, 1978 and 1981.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call, 2009

Guide to the Samuel Gurvitz Papers, P-352
Reprocessed by Stephanie Call
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Processed by Stephanie Call, Schilder Assistant Archivist, made possible by a grant from the Schilder Family Fund. This collection has been digitized, made possible by a grant from the Trustees u/w of Herman Dana.

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States