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Steffi Winters Collection

Identifier: AR 10219

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains copies of Elisabeth Schönfeld's diary written during the Nazi dictatorship, of a document presented to Rudolf Schönfeld in recognition of his service in the first World War, of a poem by Rudolf Schönfeld written by him as a German soldier in Aleppo, and of letter by the Jewish Congregation of Berlin with information about the deportation of Rudolf Schönfeld, his wife and their two children, to Auschwitz. There is also a copy of a short manuscript by Lucie Meyer about her emigration to France and original photographs of the Schönfeld family. All items are photocopies, except the photographs.


  • Creation: 1918-1952


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the link(s) in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

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


Biographical Note

Steffi Winters was born in Eisenach, brought up in Berlin, and later emigrated to the United States.

Rudolf Schönfeld, uncle of Steffi Winters, was born in Breslau (today Wrocław, Poland) in 1893 and served in the German army in the first World War, where he was stationed in Syria and later was interned by the British as a prisoner of war in Cairo. Documents list his profession as sales representative. He married Elisabeth Bloch, born in Strasbourg in 1907, and settled in Berlin. Elisabeth and Rudolf had two sons, Gert and Fred (also called Fredi or Redi). During the Nazi dictatorship, Rudolf had to perform forced labor at Siemens, and the family, unable to emigrate, was deported to Auschwitz in 1943, where they were murdered.

Lucie Meyer, born Steinberg, was Steffi Winters' aunt.


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This collection contains a copy of Elisabeth Schönfeld's diary written during the Nazi dictatorship, as well as a few photographs, a manuscript by Lucie Meyer on her emigration to France, and a couple of family papers. All items are photocopies, except the photographs.

Guide to the Steffi Winters Collection, 1918-1952  AR 10219
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 18, 2011 : Link(s) to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States