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Archival Collections
These three collections represent only a small fraction of similar collections on Holocaust survivors and others touched by the Holocaust. All collections may be used by appointment with the archivist. For more information, please call 713-942-8000, ext. 110 or e-mail library@hmh.org.

Irving Reifer Collection
The papers consist chiefly of certificates, medical records, licenses and other records depicting daily life in the DP camps at Leiphiem, Lechfeld and Neu-Ulm. Other items include tickets and newsletters from the USS Hersey and a collection of 30 photographs. One of the photographs shows Mr. Reifer in a concentration camp uniform.

Joseph Zobel Collection
This collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Joseph Zobel and various immigration aid services. There are also receipts from currency wire transfers, personal letters and business correspondence and bills.

The correspondence that encompasses the Joseph Zobel Collection paints a picture of what Zobel’s life was like from 1939 to 1945. It shows the true persistence of a man who immigrated to the United States and his determination to help his family. He did everything he could to help financially, as well as securing the necessary visa to bring Martin Fleischer to the United States.

Lachmann Family Papers
The collection consists of documents and letters relating to Arno and Lilly Lachmann and their son, Leo. The majority of the documents concern the family’s emigration from Germany to Shanghai in 1939. The Lachmanns left Shanghai for the United States in 1947. The majority of the documents indicate how tedious and difficult the procedure was for Jewish emigration from Germany during the Nazi regime.

Other documents include birth, death, and marriage licenses, as well as driver’s permits. Some items concern the family’s time spent in Shanghai.

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