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Otto Käufler Collection

Identifier: AR 5151

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately 125 letters written from individuals in the Jewish community of Prostějov (Prossnitz), Czech Republic, to Otto Käufler and his family in Cuenca, Ecuador, depicting life in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from 1939-1941. Among the subjects covered in the correspondence are efforts made by individuals to get visas for immigration to such places as Tangiers, Canada, Ecuador, and other South American countries and specific laws affecting the Jewish community in Prossnitz. Principle correspondents are Emil and Erich Beamt, Leo and Zikmund Bergl, Ludwig Winter, Trude Vogel, and Mimi Klimpl. Two passenger lists document the Käuflers' journey by ship from Europe to the United States, and then from the United States to South America.


  • Creation: 1939-1941


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Czech, and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List 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



0.25 Linear Feet : 4 folders


Most of this collection consists of correspondence between the Käuflers in Ecuador and acquaintances in their hometown of Prostějov (Prossnitz); there are also two ship passenger lists from the year 1939.


Guide to the Otto Käufler Collection, 1939-1941  AR 5151
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 09, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States