Jenny Kamnitzer papers
Finding aid prepared by Judith Janec
Tauber Holocaust Library
JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
Title: Jenny Kamnitzer papers
Identifier/Call Number: 1988.1286
Tauber Holocaust Library
Language of Material:
Storage Unit: Archives Box 5
Date (inclusive): 1939-1947
Language of Materials note:
Materials are in German, English and Chinese.
This collection comprises documents relating to the emigration of a German Jew, Jenny Kamnitzer, from Nazi Germany to Shanghai,
China in 1940, and her subsequent emigration to the United States in 1947.
Related Archival Materials note
There are numerous collections in the Tauber Holocaust Library’s archives which document the experiences of German and Austrian
Jews who lived in Shanghai during the war years. Consult archivist for more information.
Scope and Contents note
The collection is comprised of documents relating to the wartime experiences of Jenny Kamnitzer, a German Jew who fled Nazi
Germany for the relative safety of Shanghai, China, including her stay in Shanghai during the war years, and her successful
emigration from Shanghai to San Francisco after World War II.
The collection documents the experience of German and Austrian Jews forced to flee from Germany and Austria during Hitler’s
Third Reich. Denied admittance to most countries, thousands of German and Austrian Jews found their way to Shanghai, where
visas and passports were not required until the Japanese occupation. After 1941, the occupying Nazi-aligned Japanese ghettoized
the Jewish refugees in Shanghai into an area known as the Shanghai Ghetto.
Jenny Kamnitzer was born in Langen, Germany on July 13, 1880. In 1940, when she emigrated to Shanghai, she was living in Hamburg.
Papers in the collection indicate that Siegfried Kamnitzer (date of birth July 26, 1908), donor of the papers, left Germany
for Shanghai in 1939; it is likely that Mrs. Kamnitzer followed him there. In 1941, while living in Shanghai, Mrs. Kamnitzer
began the process of applying for emigration to the United States. She was admitted to the United States in San Francisco,
California on March 19, 1947.
Preferred Citation note
Jenny Kamnitzer papers, 1939-1947, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California
Custodial History note
The Jenny Kamnitzer papers were donated to the Holocaust Center of Northern California by Mr. Siegfried Kamnitzer.
Conditions Governing Use note
There are no restrictions to use for this collection.
Conditions Governing Access note
There are no restrictions to access for this collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Jewish refugees -- China -- Shanghai
Jews, German -- Migrations
Jews, German -- Shanghai -- Migrations
Shanghai (China) -- Emigration and immigration
United States -- Emigration and immigration
Women immigrants -- United States
Women refugees -- Shanghai
Jenny Kamnitzer German immigration records
Jenny Kamnitzer Reisepass (Passport)
Jenny Kamnitzer Kennkarte
1940 May 20
Jenny Kamnitzer Umzugsgutverzeichnis (official list of items taken upon leaving Germany)
1940 June 20
Jenny Kamnitzer Meldeschein (Registration)
1940 October 17
Jenny Kamnitzer Shanghai records
Jenny Kamnitzer Card of Identification, issued by the International Committee for the Organization of European Immigrants
in China, Shanghai
1940 September 13
Jenny Kamnitzer Resident Certificate, Shanghai
Jenny Kamnitzer letter from the American Consul in Shanghai, China regarding immigration visa
1941 June 17
Jenny Kamnitzer International Certificates of Inoculation and Vaccination
Jenny Kamnitzer immigration documents – affidavit, Receipt of Application for Naturalization, photograph
Siegfried Kamnitzer document
Siegfried Kamnitzer Abmeldung (Notice of Departure), Frankfurt, Germany for Shanghai
1939 April 15