Gumprecht Family Collection
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
- Komar, Karen (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English.
Open to researchers.
Collection has been digitized. Please follow the links in the Collection Organization section to access the digitized materials.
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
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