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Gumprecht Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25735

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains identification documents for the Gumprecht family that they used as they left Germany after the Nazis took power. These include birth certificates, affidavits of support, letters of support from friends for immigration purposes as well as letters from Edith Gumprecht's parents Wilhelm and Hedwig Jotkowitz in Hamburg. Wilhelm and Hedwig also wrote to their daughter Ruth in London and those letters are present as well. The letters are translated into English. Also included are very detailed travel reports by Werner Gumprecht describing their trip from Germany to Seville, the first leg of their journey. Finally, the collection contains material about the Spanish ship Navemar, which the Gumprecht family used to make the trip from Seville to Brooklyn New York. This includes photographs, a song sheet and newspaper articles about the ship.


  • Creation: 1881-2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1941


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection has been digitized. Please follow the links in the Collection Organization section to access the digitized materials.

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


Biographical Note

Werner G. Gumprecht was born on December 23, 1905 in Hamburg, the son of Helmuth and Anna Sophie Gumprecht. Werner was married to Edith (née Jotkowitz) and the couple had 3 daughters: Marion, Karin and Renate, who were all born in Hamburg. They were 9, 5 and 3 respectively when the family left Germany on July 22, 1941. The ship docked in Brooklyn but the family settled in Cleveland and was naturalized in 1947. Werner, who had been a chauffeur in Germany, became a cable layer in America. He died in Cleveland in 1980.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection comprises materials used by the Gumprecht family to escape Germany after 1933. Included are family letters and information about the ship that took them to America.


This collection is arranged in one series.

Other Finding Aid

An inventory sheet for the whole collection is held in the first folder.


Guide to the Gumprecht Family 1881-2017 AR 25735
Processed by Kevin Huang
© 2018
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Gumprecht_Family.xml

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States