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Ilse Gamper Collection

Identifier: AR 25243

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the separation, deportation, and immigration of the family of Ilse Gamper née Ostberg, as well as her personal, civic and vocational life after immigration to the United States. Medical, financial and employment records can also be found in this collection as well as correspondence and photographs.


  • Creation: 1911 - 2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955 - 1997


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Ilse Gamper née Ostberg was born in 1912 in Essen to parents Hedwig Stern (b. Oct 21, 1881, Bochum) and Julius (b. Jan 20, 1880 in Köln) Ostberg. The Ostbergs founded, owned and operated a uniform and coat factory in Essen where Ilse worked until she immigrated to Palestine in 1934. Her parents were deported from Köln in 1941 to the Litzmannstadt (Łódź ) Ghetto in Poland. In the 1950’s Ilse immigrated to New York City and was employed as a housekeeper at Beth Israel Hospital. She married Max Gamper in 1962.


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Items in this collection document deportation, family separation, immigration and efforts to seek restitution by Ilse Gamper. Medical, financial and employment records can also be found in this collection as well as correspondence and photographs.


This collection has been arranged into two series.

Digitization Note

The majority of this collection has been digitized, and it has been made accessible where possible. Box 1 folders 4, 24, and 28 were not digitized because they hold negatives. The slides in box 2 were also not digitized. Access to box 1 folders 8 and 10-16 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed material may contact the LBI Archivist at

Separated Material

The folowing items have been separated from the collection and placed in the Leo Baeck Institute Library.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Taschenbuch uber die Vereinigten Staaten fur Einwanderer und Auslander. 7th ed. Washington, D.C.: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932. (Handbook of the United States for Immigrants and Foreign Nationals).

Desbons, Jean. Contributions by A. Gornay. METOULA-Sprachführer. 4th ed. Berlin: Langenscheidtsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1912. French-German phrasebook.

Hugo’s Language Institute. Hugo’s Pocket Dictionary: German-English and English-German. London: Hazell, Watson & Viney, Ltd., n.d.

Pietroni, Carlo. METOULA-Sprachführer. 4th ed. Berlin: Langenscheidtsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1912. Italian-German phrasebook.

Guide to the Ilse Gamper Collection 1911 - 2000 bulk 1955 - 1997 AR 25243
Processed by Angela Lawrence
© 2011
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Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States