The Fritz Weinman
Papers document the life of Jewish German emigre, Fritz (Fred) Weinman and his family
through correspondence, vital documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. The
archival materials document his efforts to leave Nazi Germany and the places he lived before
ultimately settling in the Pacific Palisades. Several documents also record property lost by
his family and efforts to receive restitution.
Fritz Weinman was born in 1903 in Magdeburg, Germany into a prominent coal-mining and
shipping family. When WWI broke out, he supported the German Army by contributing his
allowance to the war effort. Weinman was Jewish, and with the rise of antisemitism in
Germany leading up to World War II, he decided to leave the county in 1939. Many of his
family members were unable to leave. Nazis murdered his sister and brother-in-law in a death
camp during World War II. His mother Adele emigrated to England. Other family members that
survived the Holocaust encountered difficulties living in Germany's post-war, Soviet Union
controlled Eastern Zone.
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