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Willy Nordwind Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10551

Scope and Content Note

The Willy Nordwind Collection is a real life testimony to humanity amidst hatred and destruction. Willy Nordwind and the Boston Committee for Refugees were able to save many German Jews from the Nazi regime by bringing them to the United States.

The collection documents Willy Nordwind’s attempts to bring as many German Jews as possible out of Germany before World War II.

Included here is correspondence with those who just came or those whom Willy Nordwind was still trying to bring over.

In many cases correspondence is accompanied by additional materials such as immigration, financial, and professional documents, photographs, CVs.

In addition to correspondence with émigrés there is also Willy Nordwind’s correspondence with other individuals and companies trying to find jobs for the newly arrived.

Also included in the collection is a very small portion of personal materials of Willy and Eleanor Nordwind, such as correspondence, documents, and photographs.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1938-1939
  • 1921-1980s

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Biographical Note

Willy Nordwind was born in Germany in 1901. His family moved to the United States and settled in the Boston area.

In the late 1930s Willy was very active in trying to bring German Jews to the United States. He was one of the founders of the Boston Committee for Refugees.

Willy Nordwind died in 1964.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet

Abstract

The collection documents Willy Nordwind’s efforts to bring as many German Jews as possible out of Germany before World War II. Included here is correspondence with those who had arrived or those whom Willy Nordwind was still trying to bring over.

Separated Material

Books were removed to the LBI Library.
Title
Guide to the Willy Nordwind Collection (1901-1964) 1921-1980s bulk 1938-1939 AR 10551
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar
Date
© 2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • November 26, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States