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Eve Cholmar Collection

Identifier: AR 25263

Scope and Content Note

This collection reflects the Langfelder family’s loss of their shoe factory and private property in Atzgersdorf, Austria in the late 1930s, the family’s emigration, and the restitution applications of the family heirs in 2003. The materials include correspondence with lawyers and government officials in Nazi-controlled Austria and the United States, government files on Langfelder family members and the D. Langfelder shoe factory, legal documents, a family tree with inheritance and property ownership tables, correspondence concerning restitution claims, and completed application forms for claims. The materials are all photocopies.


  • 1923-2003


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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

Eve Cholmar née Langfelder was born on September 29, 1929 to the businessman and shoe factory co-owner Richard Langfelder (1893-1977) and his wife Hedwig née Bojko (1898-1939).

Eve Cholmar’s grandfather David Langfelder founded the D. Langfelder shoe factory in Atzgersdorf. In 1923, ownership passed to his wife Hermine and his sons Richard and Otto. They were forced to give up this business as part of the Aryanization of Austrian business in 1938.

The Langfelder family fled Austria in March of 1939. They immigrated to the United States via Lausanne Switzerland, England, and Cuba.

Eve Cholmar completed her undergraduate studies at Marietta College and New York University and earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1968 and a second Master’s degree from Bridgeport University in 1970. She worked as the head of a high school Library Media Center.

In 2003, Eve Cholmar and her nephew Steven Goldner applied to the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism (Allgemeiner Entschädigungsfonds für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus) for restitution for damages to family property, stocks and securities, insurance policies, bank accounts and credits, liquidated businesses, and for damages to education or professional advancement. There is no indication whether these claims were successful.


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This collection documents the appropriation of the business and property of the Langfelder family, most prominently the D. Langfelder shoe factory. Eve Cholmar née Langfelder and her nephew Steven Goldner applied for restitution for damages in 2003. The materials in the collection consist of correspondence, legal documents, government files, a detailed exposé of the D. Langfelder shoe factory, a family tree with inheritance and property ownership tables, and applications for restitution.


The arrangement of the collection is based closely on its original order upon donation, in which almost all the documents were placed in chronological order.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The Eve Cholmar collection is included in the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute.

The D. Langfelder shoe factory is mentioned in the book Ökonomie der Arisierung by Ulrike Felber, Peter Melichar, Markus Priller, Berthold Unfried, and Fritz Weber.

Processing Information

Duplicates and paperclips were removed.

Guide to the Eve Cholmar Collection 1923-2003 AR 25263
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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