Series E - Abramowitz Collection

Letter from Reisebureau Astoria GMBH to Martin Abramowitz, Germany, 29 December 1936 Postcard from Max Abramowitz to Selma Abramowitz, Germany Telegram from “LC” to Abramowitz, Germany Telegram from “LC” to Abramowitz, Germany Ticket for the ‘Italia’ for Martin and Gertrude Abramowitz, 28 January 1937 Ticket for the ‘Italia’ for Martin and Gertrude Abramowitz, 28 January 1937 Ticket for the ‘Italia’ for Martin and Gertrude Abramowitz, 28 January 1937 Ticket for the ‘Italia’ for Martin and Gertrude Abramowitz, 28 January 1937 Bodies piled outside the furnace at Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany, April 1945 Bodies piled outside the furnace at Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany, April 1945
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ZA UCT BC1556_E

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Abramowitz Collection

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  • 1935-1969 (Creation)

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26 items

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The collection was donated to the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre in 2010 by Roselyn Smith, daughter of Martin and Gertrude Abramowitz. It contains official documents, photographs and mementos belonging to the Abramowitz family.

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The letters glean some information related to the experience of the Abramowitz family, originally from Halle in Germany. Three of four brothers, including Martin (and his wife Gertrude), Kurt and Hermann sought refuge in South Africa in the 1930s, but their brother Max was arrested on 8 November 1938 and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. He remained incarcerated throughout the war, before eventually being liberated from the Terezin concentration camp in 1945. Their mother, Selma, had gone into hiding and finally settled in South Africa in 1949. Max settled in Soviet East Germany and was never able to visit his family in South Africa.

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