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Guide to the Herbert and Gertrude Kaufman papers 1988.1122
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Herbert and Gertrude Kaufman papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 1988.1122
    Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
    Language of Material: German
    Container: Archives Box 4
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet comprising three folders of documents and artifacts
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1922-1947
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1968
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of identification and travel documents relating to the Kaufman family's experiences in Shanghai from 1941-1947, together with certificates, mostly employment related, from Germany during the period 1922-1940. The collection also includes two Nazi armbands.
    Language of Materials note: Materials are in German, English, and Chinese.
    Creator: Kaufmann family

    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. However, several documents are fragile and cannot be handled.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Herbert Kaufman was in Essen, Germany in 1904. He lived in Herne, where he worked for different businesses as a laborer and salesman. He fled to Shanghai, China in July 1940, and spent the war years there, where he worked as a fireman from 1941 to 1944. Mr. Kaufman worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee from 1944 to 1946 as a camp guard, and emigrated to the United States in June 1947. He was married to Gertrud Kaufmann. They and their two children were featured in an article in a local Oakland newspaper, which showed them eating their first Thanksgiving dinner, probably in the early 1950s.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection documents the experiences of a Jewish German couple who fled Germany and spent the war years in Shanghai, China. The collection includes documents related to Herbert Kaufman's life in Germany before their emigration, including several letters of recommendation, as well as passport, work and other certificates. Documents from Shanghai include a resident certificate for Gertrud Kaufman; and travel permit, letters of recommendation for Herbert Kaufman and his affidavit in lieu of passport, allowing him to emigrate to the United States; and immunization records for Gertrude and Herbert Kaufman. The collection also includes two Nazi armbands.

    Preferred Citation note

    Herbert and Gertrude Kaufman papers - 1988.1122, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

    Related Archival Materials note

    See also Gertrude Kaufman oral history interview - OHP.9622.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kaufmann family
    Armbands -- Germany
    Certificates -- Germany
    Certificates -- Shanghai
    Jewish families -- Germany
    Jewish ghettos -- China -- Shanghai
    Jewish refugees -- China -- Shanghai
    Jews -- China -- Shanghai
    Travel documents -- China -- Shanghai
    United States -- Emigration and immigration
    World War, 1939-1945 -- China -- Shanghai