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Senta K. Simon Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25739

Scope and Contents

The collection contains genealogical research materials compiled by Senta K. Simon on the Bachmann, Beihoff, Ettisch, Fechheimer, Fleischmann, Freudenthal, Friedeberg, Friedmann, Kahn, Katz, Pretzfelder, Reichmannsdörfer, Rosenbaum, Rosenthal, Schloss, and Simon families, as well as locations with which they were associated, primarily in Franconia and Thuringia. Materials include correspondence, research files, work sheets and lists, and a small quantity of primary sources including a cookbook with handwritten recipes, Fritz Katz’s notebook from English lessons taken in Geisa, and book containing death and death anniversary dates for member of the Kahn family.

Correspondence in the collection is between Senta K. Simon and extended family members, fellow genealogists, researchers, and archives and historical societies regarding her family history. Accompanying the correspondence are materials including family trees and histories, photocopies of articles and book excerpts, catalog printouts and call slips, photocopies and printouts of archival documents and other pertinent records, and notes from her research trips and on the materials she received.

Research files assembled by Simon consist of correspondence on family history, histories of the Jewish communities of various locations and the locations themselves, lists of individuals from relevant locations who perished in the Holocaust, photocopies and printouts of relevant records and documents, photocopies of book excerpts, clippings and articles, family trees and histories, biographical information, individual and family group work sheets, handwritten notes, and photographs.

Work sheets and lists document information on individuals found within Senta K. Simon’s family research files, in contrast to the research files, which provides information on families and communities. Individual work sheets found in Series III include the individual’s name, birth date and place, occupation, military service, death and burial date and place, information regarding parents, spouse, and children, residences and dates, references and sources, and an option to include further data on the reverse. Lists include both lists compiled during Simon’s genealogical research, as well as spreadsheets generated from her family history records.

Dates

  • undated, 1904-2016

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Access Restrictions

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 / Historical

Senta K. Simon née Katz was born March 26, 1930, in Geisa, Germany. Her father Friedrich (Fred) Katz was born February 13, 1894, in Mühlfeld, Germany, and died December 10, 1979, in New York City. His parents were Hermann Katz and Fanny Katz née Fleischmann. Senta’s mother Anna Katz née Kahn was born May 20, 1901, in Simmershausen, Germany, and died June 4, 2000, in Queens. Her parents were Leopold Kahn and Selma Kahn née Rosenthal.

Fred, Anna, and Senta left Geisa in January 1940 to immigrate to the United States. They departed from Antwerp aboard the Westernland on January 20, 1940, and landed in Hoboken on February 3. From there they went to Woodside, Queens, where the family lived for many years.

Sent K. Simon married Horst (Harry) Simon on September 6, 1953, in New York City. Harry was born November 19, 1925, in Berlin, Germany, and died August 5, 1997, in Boca Raton, Florida. Their daughter Karen Michele Simon was born September 11, 1956, in Queens and their son Richard Gary Simon was born August 14, 1959, in New York City.

Harry Simon’s parents were Gustav Simon and Margarete Simon née Beihoff. Gustav Simon was born September 13, 1899, in Berlin and died March 9, 1945, in Dachau. His parents were Wolf Simon and Lina Simon née Friedeberg. Margarete Beihoff was born January 6, 1903, in Berlin and died March 15, 1943, in Auschwitz. Her parents were Felix Beihoff and Lina Beihoff née Ettisch.

Senta K. Simon embarked upon decades of genealogical research, in which she ultimately recorded over 4,000 family members, because hers was the last generation that was able to work with old German records and because she wanted to ensure that those family members who perished in the Holocaust would be remembered. Simon died in 2018.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet

5 Folders (5 OS folders)

Abstract

The collection contains genealogical research materials compiled by Senta K. Simon on the Bachmann, Beihoff, Ettisch, Fechheimer, Fleischmann, Freudenthal, Friedeberg, Friedmann, Kahn, Katz, Pretzfelder, Reichmannsdörfer, Rosenbaum, Rosenthal, Schloss, and Simon families, as well as locations with which they were associated, primarily in Franconia and Thuringia. Materials include correspondence, research files, work sheets and lists, and a small quantity of primary sources.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type in four series:

Series I: Correspondence, undated, 1973-2015
Series II: Research Files, undated, 1939-2016
Subseries 1: Families, undated, 1939-2016
Subseries 2: Locations, undated, 1968-2013
Series III: Work Sheets and Lists, undated, 1904-2015
Subseries 1: Work Sheets, undated, 1904-2015
Subseries 2: Lists, undated, 1975-2015
Series IV: Primary Sources, undated, 1926-1979






Separated Materials

Publications have been removed to the LBI Library. Three CDs with Simon family trees and photographs of the cemetery in Weitersroda, documents regarding Simmershausen, and materials regarding Berkach have been removed to the LBI AV Collection.

Processing Information

Collection materials were arranged by Senta K. Simon in folders with descriptive labels; folder groupings and labels were retained during processing. Paper clips were removed and materials found in binders were removed from the binders and the binders discarded. All items in the collection were rehoused in archival folders and boxes.
Title
Guide to the Senta K. Simon Family Collection
Author
Sarah Glover
Date
© 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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