Jenny Kamnitzer papers 1988.1286

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
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


Jenny Kamnitzer German immigration records


Jenny Kamnitzer Reisepass (Passport) 1940


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 Undated


Jenny Kamnitzer letter from the American Consul in Shanghai, China regarding immigration visa 1941 June 17


Jenny Kamnitzer International Certificates of Inoculation and Vaccination 1946


Jenny Kamnitzer immigration documents – affidavit, Receipt of Application for Naturalization, photograph 1947


Siegfried Kamnitzer document


Siegfried Kamnitzer Abmeldung (Notice of Departure), Frankfurt, Germany for Shanghai 1939 April 15