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Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Boston Port Records

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Identifier: I-96
Overview The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in New York City in the 1880s by the Russian Jewish community of New York in response to the influx of Russian Jewish immigrants fleeing the pograms in the Pale of Settlement in Russia and Eastern Europe. In 1889, a shelter which was used to house many of the immigrants adopted the name “Hebrew Sheltering House Association.” This organization merged with HIAS in 1909 and by 1914, had branches operating in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and...

Herbert B. Ehrmann Papers

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Identifier: P-94
Abstract Contains correspondence, addresses and speeches, newspaper clippings, and published material relating primarily to Ehrmann's activity in the national and Boston chapter of the American Jewish Committee (1935-1970). Of special interest is material on the relation of the Committee to the American Jewish Conference (1943-1948), the relationship of American Jewry to the State of Israel, and the attitude of the Committee to the establishment of Israel. Also contains genealogical material, in German...

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Records

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Identifier: I-123 and I-123A
Abstract This collection includes material preceding and relating to the founding of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), including early papers of the local American Jewish Committee and the Central Advisory Committee (a predecessor agency),the constitution and by-laws of the JCRC, material relating to organizational membership in and representation in the organizations, correspondence of the officers and staff, minutes of meetings and proceedings of its Administrative...

Jews of Tachau, CZ Papers

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Identifier: JHCP-0007
Abstract This collection contains material pertaining mainly to four families from the city of Tachau, Czechoslovakia, the Glaubers, Langschurs, Steiners, and Wolfners. These families are all related either through marriage or through common ancestors, there is also material for extended family. Included in the collections is genealogical research, family histories, family trees, photographs, memoirs, correspondence, cookbooks, personal papers and documents, and family film reels. Items trace the...

Leo Shapiro Newspaper Collection

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Identifier: P-929
Abstract Leopold (Leo) Shapiro was born in Paris, France, in 1907 and emigrated with his parents and brother, Jacques, to Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, when he was 8 years old. Shapiro began his career with the Boston Globe as a copy boy on the night shift. By 1928, Shapiro was reporting on education topics in Boston. Through much of his career, from the 1940s through the 1970s, Shapiro wrote about the Jewish community in Boston and abroad. Although he covered many other...

Percy Brand Papers

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Identifier: P-865
Abstract Percy Brand was a violinist by profession and Holocaust survivor. Born in Liepaja, Latvia on April 2, 1908, he began playing violin at the age of ten. In 1941, when the Germans took control of Latvia and other Baltic countries, Brand was concertmaster of the Riga Latvian Symphony Orchestra. After the SS Einsatzgruppen units occupying Latvia killed his first wife and two children, Brand was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. Playing the violin saved his life during the...

Samuel Gurvitz Papers

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Identifier: P-352
Overview 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.

Schwartz Family Papers

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Identifier: P-1027
Abstract This collection contains the papers of the Schwartz family, with the bulk of materials being letters to and from family members in Austria and Hungary before and after World War II. It contains the original letters written in Yiddish, transcribed and translated versions of those letters, and two compilation books published in 2013 by Carroll Schwartz. These two books include extensive biographical information about the Schwartz and Newman families, photographs, maps, genealogical trees, and...

Walter Weiner and Jenny Wilk Correspondence

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Identifier: JHCP-006
Abstract This collection contains the correspondence between two Jewish teenage pen pals, Walter Weiner from Boston and Jenny Wilk from Antwerp, Belgium, shortly before and during the first years of World War II. The correspondents share their perspectives on antisemitism in Belgium and the United States, and, after Wilk reports about her ordeal since the start of the war, Weiner looks for ways to console and support her from afar.