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Fund and Kerner families papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-052

Collection Overview

The collection consists of photographs, postcards, clippings, memoirs, and other papers relating to the Fund and Kerner families, whose members immigrated to the United States from Poland and Czechoslovakia after World War II.

Dates

  • 1929-1997

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English, Czech, and German

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Esther Tinka Fund (1906-2004) and her brother, Chaim Charles Fund (1908-2003), were born in a small town near Stanislavov, Poland, an area that became part of Ukraine after World War II. They were raised in a kosher home and spoke Polish and Yiddish. Recognizing the need to escape antisemitism in Poland, both siblings sought education in other countries, Charles at the University of Bordeaux where he studied engineering, and Tinka at medical school in Prague to study dentistry.

Tinka Fund graduated from dental school and opened a practice in Prague. In 1938 or 1939, as the situation in Poland deteriorated, she returned to be with her parents and continued to work, which provided them with some protection. During a roundup of Jews in the area, Tinka was separated from her parents; she never saw them again. Tinka hid in the barn of a sympathetic farmer for thirteen months until late in the war, when she left hiding and joined the Czech Army as a doctor. While in the army, she met Miroslav "Mirek" Kerner.

Mirek Kerner (1909-2002) was born in Zeravice, Czechoslovakia, where he was raised by his two older sisters, Elsa and Ruza, after the death of his parents. While attending law school at Charles University in Prague, he met and married his first wife, Judita. When the war began, he left his family behind in Prague and traveled to London, where he joined the Czech Army in exile. His wife and sisters did not survive the war.

After the war, Kerner worked for the Czech government and married Tinka Fund. By the late 1940s, the couple immigrated to the United States to escape the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. Tinka Kerner attended dental school at Tufts University in Boston, where she subsequently opened a dental practice, and Mirek Kerner studied to be a social worker. He also remained active in Czech cultural groups in Boston and worked as a spokesman for the United Nations Relief Agency (UNRA).

Extent

0.25 linear feet (8 folders)

Abstract

The collection consists of photographs, postcards, clippings, memoirs, and other papers relating to the Fund and Kerner families, whose members immigrated to the United States from Poland and Czechoslovakia after World War II.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2013 by Claire Fund.

Related Material

Related materials in College of Charleston Special Collections include an oral history interview with Claire Fund (Mss 1035-304) available in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, October 2013.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Fund and Kerner Families Papers, 1929-1997
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2013
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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