Richard Faerber Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection primarily documents the early life of Richard Faerber. It also includes materials about his son, Walter Ferber, and other family materials, about the Faerber, Lewkowitz, and Persicaner families. Of particular interest are handwritten materials about the Faerber family's time in Havana, Cuba, during the late 1930s, and two personal photo albums documenting Richard Faerber's World War One service in Poland and France.
Documents concerning Richard Faerber include some correspondence with his sister Alma, financial and emigration documents from the 1930s, various drivers licenses, professional references, and some restitution documents. A German typescript and English translation of the Faerber family's journey to and time in Havana, Cuba, in the late 1930s, entitled "Our Voyage to Havana," is also found in this collection.
The Walter Ferber materials include a poem published in the Juedische Rundschau newspaper in 1938, a copy of his birth certificate, and a manuscript and typescript of a German poem about the Faerber family experience in Havana.
Materials related to the Faerber, Lewkowitz, and Persicaner families are primarily vital documents. Also included is a small amount of Faerber family correspondence, and a manuscript last will and testament for Isaac Persicaner from 1863.
Also included is an item-level list of materials that were offered to the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Some were accepted, and some were donated to the LBI as part of the present collection.
This collection contains about forty loose photographs, including three cartes de visite and two cabinet cards. The remainder is black and white silver gelatin prints. The photos capture images of Walter Ferber as a child, Richard and Margot Faerber, Richard's sister, mother, and aunt, as well as Margot's parents Franz and Adele Lewkowitz.
The collection also contains three photograph albums, which are in excellent condition. One album contains photos of Walter Ferber as a child, from about three to about seven years old. Included are photos of vacations at the beach and in the mountains, in Neustrelitz, Germany and Engelberg, Switzerland, as well as informal daily life and portraits. Also included in this collection are two photograph albums that document Richard Faerber's service in a transport unit of the German Army during World War One. One album contains photos of his time in Warsaw and Łódź. This album primarily shows city life, including street markets, buildings, members of a Yiddish theater, and soldiers lounging and posing. The second album contains images from Faerber's service in France. These include photos of destroyed villages, tanks, planes, and other military images. Some of the photographs show dead soldiers.
This collection primarily concerns the Faerber's life in Germany and Cuba. It contains very little information about the Faerber family after their arrival in New York.
- Majority of material found within 1914-1945
- Ferber, Walter, 1925-2011 (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German and English, with a small amount of Swedish.
This collection is open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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Richard Faerber (1895-1987) was born in Tarnowitz, Upper Silesia, Prussia to Gerson Faerber (1856-1916) and Julie née Persicaner (1853-1925). Richard's sister Alma was born in 1888 in Beuthen, Upper Silesia. Julie née Persicaner (also spelled Persikaner) was the daughter of Isaac Persicaner and Friederike née Silberstein. Richard Faerber married Margot Lewkowitz (1901-?) in 1923, in Berlin. Margot was the daughter of Franz Lewkowitz (1868-1938) and Adele née Müller (1866-1936). Richard and Margot lived in Berlin, where Richard was a stock broker. His status as a decorated World War One veteran protected him initially in the early 1930s, but after 1935 he found it nearly impossible to find work. Together with their son, Heinz-Walter Faerber (Walter Ferber) (1925-2011), the Faerbers fled Germany in 1938, first to Havana, Cuba and then to New York City in 1940. The Faerbers changed the spelling of their last name to Ferber upon arrival in the United States.
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The collection primarily documents the early life of Richard Faerber (1895-1987). It also includes materials about his son, Walter Ferber, and other family materials about the Faerber, Lewkowitz, and Persicaner families. Of particular interest are handwritten materials about the Faerber family's time in Havana (Cuba) during the late 1930s, and two personal photo albums documenting Richard Faerber's World War One service in Poland and France.
The folders are arranged alphabetically. The materials are arranged by person, family, and topic.
Selected photographs were individually housed in plastic sleeves. The remainder were grouped by size and placed in paper envelopes. Photo album covers were removed. Duplicate photocopies were discarded. Fragile items were placed in Mylar sleeves.
- Cuba -- Emigration and immigration
- Faerber family
- Faerber, Richard, 1895-1987
- Ferber, Walter, 1925-2011
- Havana (Cuba)
- Lewkowitz family
- New York (N.Y.)
- Persicaner family
- Photograph albums
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
- Vital records (document genre)
- Warsaw (Poland)
- World War, 1914-1918
- Guide to the Richard Faerber Family Collection Undated, 1814-2010 , bulk 1914-1945 AR 25430
- Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
- © 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- October 27, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
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