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Jack and Miriam Gerber Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25503

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials about Jack Gerber and Miriam Gerber née Sondheimer. In particular, it includes materials about their emigration to and settlement in the colony of Sosúa in the Dominican Republic.

Materials relating to engineer Jack Gerber include documents about his settlement plot in Sosúa; items reflecting his journey from Vienna to the Dominican Republic; and materials from his life in Vienna, such as official documents and school records.

Materials relating to Jakob Sondheimer and his family, particularly his daughter Miriam Gerber, include documents about their travels to and life in Sosúa, as well as about reunions in Sosúa celebrating the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the founding of the colony. The collection also includes documents relating to other family members.

Dates

  • 1801-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1932-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English, with some Spanish and two documents in Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

This collection is 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

Miriam Gerber was born as Mirjam Sondheimer in 1922. Her parents were Jakob Sondheimer (1886- ) and Gertrud née Kehr (1885- ). Her sister is Leonore Gilbert (1929- ). The family lived in Worms until 1940, when the Jews from the Palatinate and from Baden were deported to Gurs in France. They were able to emigrate to Sosúa via Marseilles and Lisbon in May 1941. After the war, the family moved to New York City, and Miriam married Jack (Jakob) Gerber (1914- ). Gerber was an engineer from Vienna who also became a settler in Sosúa. His first wife was named Martha.

Extent

1.0 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Abstract

This collection contains materials about Jack Gerber and Miriam Gerber née Sondheimer. In particular, it includes materials about their emigration to and settlement in the colony of Sosúa in the Dominican Republic.

Arrangement Note

This collection was arranged into two series: Series I, Jack Gerber, and Series II, Sondheimer Family.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds Miriam Gerber's autobiography, The Life of Miriam. The LBI Archives also holds additional material about the colony in Sosúa, Dominican Republic.

The archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee holds the Records of the Dominican Republic Settlement Association.

Processing Information

The collection represents the gathering of four donations by Miriam Gerber. They were previously cataloged as the Miriam Gerber Collection, AR 10110; the Jack Gerber (her husband) Collection, AR 6206; the Jacob Sondheimer (her father) Collection, AR 4981; and the Leopold Gerber (her father-in-law) Collection, AR 4599.

Materials were re-foldered and re-boxed. Photocopied duplicates, where easily identified, were removed. Photographs were placed in a separate sleeve.
Title
Guide to the Jack and Miriam Gerber Family Collection undated, 1801-2002 , bulk 1932-1960 AR 25503
Author
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Described and encoded as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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New York NY 10011 United States