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Renata Somers collection of Holocaust photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-044

Collection Overview

The collection consists of copy negatives, contact sheets, and digital images of the destruction of the synagogue in Holeš;ov, Slovakia, in 1941 by the Nazis. Also included are images of photographs, postcards, and lettters relating to Renata Somers's grandfather, Jakub Michalowski, cantor of the Holešov Jewish community, who was killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

Dates

  • 1941

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in Czech and German

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

In 1939, Leo Michalowski, a young physician, his wife, Emillia Stadler, and their daughter, Jeanette, emigrated from Holešov, Czechoslovakia, to Canada to escape escalating persecution. In exchange for permission to immigrate to Canada, Michalowski agreed to farm for five years, after which he resumed his medical practice and settled with his family in Toronto. After settling in Toronto, Leo Michalowski received an unmarked envelope in the mail which contained photographs of the destruction of the synagogue in Holešov. The identity of the sender of the photographs remains unknown.

Extent

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection consists of copy negatives, contact sheets, and digital images of the destruction of the synagogue in Holešov, Czechoslovakia, in 1941, by the Nazis. Also included are images of photographs, postcards, and letters relating to Renata Somers's grandfather, Jakub Michalowski, cantor of the Holešov Jewish community, who was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials lent for copying in 2005 by Renata Somers.

Related Material

Related materials in College of Charleston Special Collections include the Anita Abeles Freilich papers (Mss 1065-005). Frelich's parents, Walter and Zdenka Stadler Abeles, emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Canada in 1939 with Leo and Emillia Stadler Michalowski, the parents of Renata Somers.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, May 2012.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Renata Somers Collection of Holocaust Photographs, 1941
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2012
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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