To search the full text of this finding aid, type Ctrl and F on a PC. Mac users, type Command and F. A box will appear in the browser window. To search the full document, Open All must be selected first in the Detailed Description of the Collection.

Inventory of the Devorah Urgeshevitz Radin Papers, 1928-2005

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Images, photocopies of passports and other government documents, and other papers of Devorah "Dorothy" Urgeshevitz Radin, a Jewish nurse who fled Lithuania in 1939. Images include photocopies and digital images of Radin, her family members, and friends taken from her scrapbooks.
Title: Devorah Urgeshevitz Radin papers
Creator: Radin, Devorah Urgeshevitz, 1910-2000
Date(s): 1928-2005    
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(6 folders)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 1065-003
Language of Material: Materials in English, Lithuanian, and Yiddish

Biographical Note

Devorah "Dorothy" Urgeshevitz [later changed to Hirsh] Radin (1910-2000) was born in Lithuania to a devout Jewish family. She was educated in Catholic schools, the only option available at the time, and attended a Red Cross nursing school. She worked as a nurse at a Jewish hospital in Kaunas, the Lithuanian capital. In 1937, after visiting the World's Fair in Paris, she began to think it was unsafe for Jews to remain in Europe. Though she had reservations about leaving Lithuania, she successfully bribed officials to hurry her visa application along, and in 1939 she bought a ticket to the United States aboard the SS Nieuw Amsterdam. While she was able to escape and join her sister and two of her brothers, other relatives who remained in Lithuania-her mother, another of her brothers, two of her brothers' wives, and their children-were all shot and thrown in a communal grave.

After Urgeshevitz's arrival in the United States, she signed up for an English class, realizing that she would need to speak English in order to work as a nurse. In an effort to further assimilate into American culture, she changed her name from Devorah Urgeshevitz to Dorothy Hirsh. Before the start of World War II, she met Samuel Radin (formerly Radinsky), a doctor and fellow Lithuanian who had come to America in 1910 at the age of eight. After serving in the U.S. Army in India and Burma from 1941-1945, he returned home and resumed his friendship with Urgeshevitz. They married in 1946.


Collection Overview

Images, photocopies of passports and other government documents, and other papers of Devorah "Dorothy" Urgeshevitz Radin, a Jewish nurse who fled Lithuania in 1939. Images include photocopies and digital images of Radin, family members, and friends taken from her scrapbooks.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.

    Names

    • Radin, Devorah Urgeshevitz, 1910-2000

    Subjects

    • Forced migration--Lithuania
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Lithuania--Kaunas
    • World War, 1939-1945--Lithuania--Kaunas

    Places

    • Kaunas (Lithuania)

    Types of Material

    • Digital images
    • DVDs
    • Photo CDs
    • Photocopies

    Inventory



    Biographical information, 2005, undated   folder 1

    Includes notes from conversations with Radin's daughter, Barbara Radin Fox, by Karen Tannenbaum, field researcher for the Holocaust Archives, and brief biographies of Radin written by her daughter and herself.



    Identification photocopies, 1928-1946, 1995, 2005, undated   folder 2

    Includes photocopies of Radin's Lithuanian and American passports, photocopies of Radin's and her husband's United States certificates of naturalization and marriage license, and photocopies of Radin's diplomas, transcripts, and Lithuanian nursing license.



    Correspondence photocopies, 1959-1972, undated   folder 3

    Photocopies of correspondence, including letters in Yiddish to Radin from her sister-in-law in Lithuania.



    Photograph album photocopies, 1928-1943   folder 4

    Photocopies of pages and loose photographs from Radin's photograph album showing her as a student in high school and nursing school, with family and friends, and on vacation in Palanga and Kraziai in Lithuania, and at the World's Fairs in Paris and New York. These images have been scanned and are available on CD and DVD.



    Photograph album photocopies, 1928-1944   folder 5

    Photocopies of pages and loose photographs from Radin's photograph album showing her with family and friends. These images have not been scanned and the photocopies are the only copies of these images.



    Digital images, 1928-2005   folder 6

    Printouts of scans of photograph album and other papers. Digital images on CD and DVD are included.


    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Devorah Urgeshevitz Radin papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2005 by Barbara Radin Fox, Devorah Urgeshevitz Radin's daughter.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, May 2013.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, October 2013.

    Reviewed, edited, and uploaded by Martha McTear, December 2013.

    Table of Contents