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Jenny Kamnitzer papers 1988.1286
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  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Custodial History note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note

  • Title: Jenny Kamnitzer papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 1988.1286
    Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Container: Archives Box 5
    Physical Description: 1.0 Folder(s)
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1947
    Language of Materials note: Materials are in German, English and Chinese.
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: Kamnitzer, Jenny

    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.

    Biographical/Historical note

    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

    Kamnitzer, Siegfried
    Immigration records
    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