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Gertrude Kaplan Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25329

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to Gertrude Kaplan and her parents, Raphael and Dora Haber. Materials relating to Dora Haber include vital records, certificates of good conduct, and medical and tax records. Documents concerning Raphael Haber include vital and education records, military service records from World War One, identification and residence documents, employment records and letters of recommendation, and materials concerning attempted emigration.

Gertrude Kaplan's materials include a residence permit for Vienna; educational documents; telegrams, documents, and correspondence relating to her emigration in 1939 and attempts to help her parents emigrate; and two letters from the Austrian government concerning restitution.

The photographs folder contains four small carte-de-visite portraits, of Sophie Haber, Jenny Haber, Harry Haber, and Raphael Haber.

The Various folder includes birthday cards, printed ephemera, and an announcement for the 1925 brit milah of Manfred Haber, as well as a photocopy of an illustrated booklet by Kaplan's grandson, Jason Romano, entitled "Escape from Austria."


  • Creation: 1906-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933-1940


Language of Materials

This collection is mostly in German, with some English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Historical Note

Gertrude Kaplan née Haber was born in Vienna, Austria in 1930, daughter of typesetter Raphael Haber (1889-? ) and Dora née Seidler (1896- ?). Both were from the Bukovina province of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Raphael and Dora perished in the Holocaust after having sent their children to the United States. Together with her older brother Manfred, Gertrude immigrated to the United States, where she arrived in 1939. They lived with their aunt and uncle, David and Gerti Haber, in Brooklyn. Gertrude married Harry Kaplan; they settled in New York City and had three children and six grandchildren.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


The collection documents the family of Gertrude Kaplan. It includes vital, educational, and employment records related to her father, typesetter Raphael Haber (1889-? ), and mother, Dora née Seidler (1896- ?). Both were from the Bukovina province of the Austro-Hungarian empire and perished in the Holocaust. Gertrude Kaplan and her brother Manfred escaped to New York in 1939, and materials relating to the immigration are also found here, as are a few photographs.

Related Material

The LBI Archives holds an oral history interview with Gertrude Kaplan, as part of the Austrian Heritage Collection (AHC 3500).

Guide to the Gertrude Kaplan Family Collection undated, 1906-2005 , bulk 1933-1940 AR 25329
Processed by LBI Staff and Kevin Schlottmann
© 2013
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Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • March 26, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States