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Inventory of the Siegmund Wolfsohn Papers, 1918-2005

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Photographs, citizenship papers, immigration and school records, and other papers of Siegmund Wolfsohn, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who escaped Austria as part of the Kindertransport in 1939 and eventually settled in the United States.
Title: Siegmund Wolfsohn papers
Creator: Wolfsohn, Siegmund, 1919-2000
Date(s): 1918-2005  
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
(4 folders, 1 photograph album)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, 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 1065-018
Language of Material: Materials in English and German

Biographical Note

Siegmund Wolfsohn (1919-2000) was born in Vienna, Austria, to Elias and Sylvia Greenberg Wolfsohn. He attended public schools in Vienna and was a student at the Vienna University of Technology (Technische Hochschule Wien). In early March 1939, he escaped Austria as part of the Kindertransport to Sweden. From there, he traveled to London in mid-August to visit his mother and sister before immigrating to the United States at the end of August.


Collection Overview

Photographs, citizenship papers, immigration and school records, and other papers of Siegmund Wolfsohn, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who escaped Austria as part of the Kindertransport in 1939 and eventually settled in the United States. Loose photographs show Wolfsohn and his classmates, his parents, and his sister; his photograph album includes a wedding portrait and other photographs of his parents, his sister, and Wolfsohn with friends and classmates in Austria, Sweden, England, and the United States.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are decribed at the item 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

    • Wolfsohn, Siegmund, 1919-2000

    Subjects

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    • Holocaust survivors--Austria--Vienna
    • Jewish refugees--United States
    • Kindertransports (Rescue operations)
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities

    Places

    • Vienna (Austria)

    Types of Material

    • Birth certificates
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Identity cards
    • Immigration records
    • Negatives
    • Passports
    • Photocopies
    • Photograph albums
    • Photographs
    • Report cards
    • Slides

    Inventory



    Citizenship and other papers, 1927-1939, 1982, 2005   folder 1

    Includes Wolfsohn's Austrian citizenship papers, Vienna University of Technology (Technische Hochschule Wien) identity card, German passport, and U.S. immigration records. Also includes Wolfsohn's reissued birth certificate (1982), his father's insurance records, and a newspaper clipping about the Holocaust Archives Project.



    Report cards and other school papers, 1925-1937   folder 2

    Includes Wolfsohn's elementary and secondary school report cards and certificate for completing elementary school.



    Photographs, 1923, circa 1926, circa 1938, 1959, 1992   folder 3

    Includes pre-war photographs of Wolfsohn and his classmates, his parents, Elias and Sylvia Greenberg Wolfsohn, and his sister, Dorit. Also includes post-war photographs of Wolfsohn and his children, Pamela and James, and his wife, Janet Buxbaum.



    Negatives and slides, 1918-1945, 1959, 1992, undated   folder 4

    Negatives of the photographs in folder 3 and also select pages from Wolfsohn's photograph album showing Wolfsohn, his parents, and his friends in Vienna, Cologne, Stockholm, London, New York City, Knoxville, Memphis, and Marietta (Ohio). Also includes negatives of his German passport, U.S. immigration records, and Technische Hochschule Wien identity card. Slides are of some of the same photographs and papers.



    Photograph album, 1918-1949, undated   Photograph Album

    Photographs in this album include a wedding portrait and other photographs of Wolfsohn's parents, his sister, and Wolfsohn with friends and classmates in Austria, Sweden, England, and the United States.


    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Siegmund Wolfsohn papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2000 by Janet Wolfson.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, September 2011.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, October 2011.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, November 2011.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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