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Schatzky Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25946

Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into three series in one box. Series I contains handwritten and typewritten exchanges between Karl and Eva Schatzky. Series II documents Karl and Eva Schatzky’s family histories, dating back to 1850. Series III includes handwritten and typewritten correspondence to and from Karl and Eva’s extended relatives and friends.

The materials in this collection focus particularly on the years before and during World War II. Series I consists of handwritten and typewritten correspondence between Karl and Eva Schatzky, along with documents relating to their business and personal affairs; the series also includes letters and postcards from miscellaneous and unknown senders.

Series II includes various memorabilia documenting the history of Karl Schatzky’s family, dating back to 1850. These items include newspapers clippings, family scrapbooks, and family photographs; the series also includes handwritten and typewritten letters from immediate family members including Karl’s parents, Erich and Hilde Schatzky, and Karl’s uncle, Georg Schatzky. Series III features family photographs of extended relatives, most notably the family of Karl’s sister Kate and her husband Kurt Kalish. The series also includes handwritten and typewritten correspondence from Karl and Eva’s extended relatives – mostly cousins – and from family friends.


  • 1850-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1948


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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 email:

Biographical Note

Karl and Eva née Gorzelanczyk Schatzky were both born in 1914 in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). Karl was born into a wealthy family; his father, Erich Schatzky, owned a successful printing company started by Karl’s grandfather, Theodor Schatzky, called Druckerei Th. Schatzky. Erich Schatzky was killed in an explosion on a refugee ship in Haifa (the Patria disaster of November 25, 1940), the year he and his wife Hilde née Brinitzer Schatzky escaped Germany; Hilde died in Haifa in 1971. Erich’s brother Hellmuth committed suicide in 1935; another brother named Siegfried died in 1938. Erich’s eldest brother, Georg Schatzky, was a lawyer in Berlin who escaped to England in 1940.

Karl Schatzky and Eva Gorzelanczyk met in 1931, became engaged in 1935, and married in 1937; these events all occurred in Breslau. After two unsuccessful attempts, Karl and Eva escaped to London in 1939. One year later, Karl was interned, first in Liverpool and then on the Isle of Man; even as a Jewish refugee, Karl was considered an enemy alien because of his German citizenship. After his yearlong internment, Karl found jobs mostly in the agricultural sector until he was hired by Jarrold Printing and Publishing in 1948, allowing Karl to utilize the skills he had learned as a publishing apprentice in Germany. Eva, meanwhile, had trained as an X-ray technician in Germany and worked in that same field in England. Between 1940 and 1948, Karl and Eva often lived separately from each other, sometimes for extended periods of time. They lived in England until 1953, when they moved to Toronto with their three sons, Thomas, David, and Anthony.

Karl Schatzky’s sister Kate married Kurt Kalish and then emigrated with her husband to Palestine in 1933, where they had one daughter and one son. Eva Scahtzky’s father, Samuel Gorzelanczyk, died in 1919; Eva’s mother, Gertrud née Block Gorzelanczyk, died in the Treblinka concentration camp in 1942.


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This collection documents the family of Anthony Schatzky, whose parents, Eva née Gorzelanczyk Schatzky (1914-1970) and Karl Schatzky (1914-1991), lived in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) until 1939 and then escaped to London. The period during which Karl and Eva lived in England (1939-1953) is the collection’s primary focus; during those 14 years, Karl and Eva lived in London, Cambridge, Shropshire, and Norwich. The largest categories of materials are handwritten and typewritten correspondence between Karl and Eva Schatzky, although there are several other letters and postcards from immediate and extended relatives, and from friends. The collection also includes memorabilia documenting Karl Schatzky’s family history as far back as 1850, along with family photographs relating mostly to Karl’s family; a few photographs feature Eva’s immediate family.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  • Series I: Karl and Eva Schatzky, 1920-1963
  • Series II: Schatzky Family History, Memorabilia, and Immediate Family, 1850-1967
  • Series III: Ancestral Family, Extended Relatives, and Friends of Karl and Eva Schatzky, 1870-2002

Separated Materials

Anthony Schatzky’s self-published book from 2021, documenting his family history. The book is now in the Leo Baeck Institute Library. There is also a PDF copy of the book available online.

Processing Information

This collection has been processed for the first and so far, only time; there are no previous inventories or finding aids describing the collection. The materials arrived in one box and were rearranged into three series, based on chronology and document types.

Guide to the Papers of the Schatzky Family
Processed by Matthew Hauptman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States