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Blanka Falk Bardach Collection

Identifier: AR 25222

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the personal papers of Blanka Bardach née Falk (1910-2005). The collection mainly covers her education in Vienna as a dressmaker and her immigration to the United States. Alongside education records in folder 1 are letters of recommendation, and certificates from employers for whom she worked as a dressmaker in Vienna. Other materials include official Austrian documents related to citizenship and emigration, ephemera from the trip via Italy to the U.S., official U.S. documents related to immigration and naturalization, financial documents reflecting wages earned as a dressmaker in the United States, and a partially completed form for claiming restitution. A few notes, letters, and recipes are also included, as well as a wedding invitation.


  • Creation: 1916-1970

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English with a few documents in Italian.

Access Restrictions

This collection is 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 Note

Blanka Falk was born to Salamon and Rudolfine Falk on June 11, 1910 in Rogatica (then Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Bosnia and Herzegovina). She attended a girl’s school in Vienna (Allgemeine Volksschule für Mädchen) and then attended vocational school to become a dressmaker. She immigrated to the United States via Italy in 1939 with the sponsorship of her cousin Margaret Milke of St. Paul, Minnesota. Blanka Falk moved to New York City by 1948, where she married Milton Bardach in 1950. She worked in New York as a dressmaker at least through the 1960s. She died in 2005.


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This collection contains personal papers of Blanka Bardach née Falk (1910-2005). Born in Rogatica (today Bosnia and Herzegovina), Blanka became a dressmaker in Vienna and immigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. Materials include education records, letters of recommendation and certificates from employers, official documents issued from Austrian and U.S. authorities related to immigration, and a few financial records.


Arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection has been digitized in its entirety. Access to folder 4 is limited to on-site only due to privacy concerns. Researchers may request access to suppressed materials by contacting the LBI Archivist at

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed.

Guide to the Blanka Bardach Collection 1916-1970 AR 25222
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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