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David W. Bikles Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MF 674

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains extensive correspondence sent from Siegmund and Therese Wronkow and Adolf and Helene Salomon to their children and grandchildren in Ecuador. The letters describe in great detail the deprivations and restrictions of the remaining Jewish community, from forced leaving of their homes to smaller and smaller quarters, closing of Jewish old age homes and hospitals to final deportations. As the Jewish community was deprived of their monies, their posessions or any means of making a living they sank lower and lower into poverty. This caused a great strain on family relations and available social services.

Also included are family trees, emigration and other documents, and restitution files. There are a few items related to Siegmund Wronkow's service in World War I and also a citizenship document for Salomon Isaak Salomon dating from 1844.

Dates

  • 1844-1995

Creator

Language of Materials

This 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.

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.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Siegmund Wronkow was a wealthy businessman in Johannisburg, East Prussia, who was forced to sell his business under Nazi rule and moved to Berlin. He was married to Therese Engel; the couple had a daughter called Erna.

Erna married Erich Salomon, son of Adolf and Helene Salomon. Erna and Erich managed to leave Germany with their children and came to Ecuador. Their daughter Eva married Alfred Bikles.

Adolf and Helene Salomon died in Berlin; Siegmund and Therese Wronkow were deported from Berlin.

Extent

1 Reels

Abstract

The collection contains extensive correspondence sent from Siegmund and Therese Wronkow and Adolf and Helene Salomon to their children and grandchildren in Ecuador. The letters describe in great detail the deprivations and restrictions of the remaining Jewish community, from forced leaving of their homes to smaller and smaller quarters, closing of Jewish old age homes and hospitals to final deportations. As the Jewish community was deprived of their monies, their posessions or any means of making a living they sank lower and lower into poverty. This caused a great strain on family relations and available social services.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 674). The original materials were microfilmed then returned to the donor.
Title
Guide to the David W. Bikles Family Collection, 1844-1995 MF 674
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 07, 2012 : 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