Guide to the Papers of Frank M. Shurman (1915-1999)

AR 25219 / MF 997

Processed by Dianne Ritchey

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in December 2008. Description is in English.
March 2009. Series VI added. July 2009. Separated Material and Processing Information edited. OS box number changed. November 2009. Microfilm inventory added. December 2009. Reel 6 added to microfilm inventory. March 2011 Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shurman, Frank
Title: Frank Shurman Collection
Dates:bulk 1970s-1990s
Abstract: This collection documents the life and significant experiences of Frank M. Sherman. Prominent themes in this collection are his work for the United States military during World War II, his and his family's experiences in Nazi Germany, and his membership in the . The collection consists of a large amount of correspondence as well as clippings, audiocassettes, publications, scrapbooks, official papers, notes, and a few photographs of friends or family members.
Languages: The collection is in English and German.
Quantity: 2.75 linear feet
Identification: AR 25219
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Frank Shurman was born as Fritz Schürmann on January 8, 1915 in Hildesheim, Germany, the son of businessman Willy Schürmann and Alma Schürmann née Müller. His father founded the Willy Schürmann firm in Hildesheim, a leading custom-tailoring business. After completing his general studies at the Gymnasium Josephinum in Hildesheim, Frank Shurman attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hildesheim, followed by the Europäische Moden Akadamie in Dresden. From 1934-1937 he undertook professional apprenticeships at various businesses in Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin. By 1937 he was working in his father's firm in Hildesheim.

In 1934 Frank Shurman became a member of the German-Jewish nationalistic group, the Deutscher Vortrupp (German Vanguard). Notable among its activities was the group's decision to volunteer for service in the German army, which Frank Shurman did in 1935; admission to the army was consequently refused several months later due to his non-Aryan status.

In May 1938 the Gestapo confiscated the files of Willy Schürmann's firm. The business was liquidated shortly thereafter. In August 1938, Frank Shurman met Agusta Rahr ("Dotty") Hamilton, by way of a friend of the family. In spite of hardly knowing him or the other members of the Schürmann family, Dotty Hamilton agreed to provide him (and, eventually, his parents and sister) with affidavits of support for their visas for the United States (A detailed description of Dotty Hamilton's assistance and effect on Frank Shurman's life is available in the memoir All Our Hope are You [ME 598].) On the night of November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht), Frank and his father were arrested along with the other Jewish men of Hildesheim and taken to the concentration camp Buchenwald, where Frank Shurman was incarcerated until mid-December. In June 1939 he went to England, where he volunteered at the Lord Kitchener transit camp while awaiting his American visa.

Frank Shurman arrived in the United States in May 1940, eventually settling in Chicago, where he worked for a time for Sears. In March 1941 he succeeded in bringing his parents and sister Hannelore (later Lorraine) to America. Frank Shurman joined the U.S. Army in 1943; although at first a member of the quartermaster department, he was later transferred to the Intelligence Corps to work with German and Austrian prisoners of war. This work earned him the American Army Commendation Ribbon for outstanding and meritorious performance of duty. In 1945 he married Margery Moses, who was at that time serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.

For many years Frank Shurman worked as a clothing designer and manufacturers' representative for the St. Croix Knitwear Company of Winona, Minnesota. He also established an endowment, the Agusta Rahr Hamilton Fund of the Jewish Studies program at Wellesley College in honor of Dotty Hamilton, whose support he credited with saving his and his family members' lives by allowing them to leave Nazi Germany. In 1976 Germany awarded Frank Shurman the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse (Federal Cross of Merit, First Class) for his work in helping to rebuild post-war Germany. Frank Shurman returned to Germany nine times after his immigration, including in 1988, when he participated in the fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht in Hildesheim. Frank Shurman died in September 1999.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the life and memorable experiences of Frank M. Shurman. The papers of this collection are largely comprised of personal correspondence, but additionally include clippings, notes, unpublished manuscripts of Frank Shurman's writing, official and legal papers, and a handful of photographs of friends or family members.

Following the events of World War II and the Holocaust, Frank Shurman promoted the reconciliation of German Jews and gentiles, and was awarded the German Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit) for his efforts; his work and attitude towards reconciliation is seen in several areas of this collection. In Series I, such material primarily consists of the papers from his work in World War II, when Shurman worked with German prisoners of war. These reports include his memorandum to superior officers regarding the shifting attitudes of the POWs. In addition, a photocopy of the certificate Shurman received for the Bundesverdienstkreuz is also present in the folder of "Other Papers". His obituary and curriculum vitae in Series I also mention this award. Several folders of correspondence from Series II document Shurman's reconciliation efforts. Primary among these is the folder of correspondence mentioning the awarding of the Bundesverdienstkreuz. The folder of letters from the Army Service Forces contains letters from commanding officers commending Shurman on his fairness in his work with POWs. In addition, some letters from the 1940s include his recommendation to members of the War Department regarding the rebuilding of Germany in addition to a postcard from a former POW.

Frank Shurman's own personal experiences of Kristallnacht and Buchenwald as well as the Holocaust in general are frequently encountered in this collection. His personal experiences are documented most prominently in Series IV: Writings and Scrapbooks. Among the papers of this series is a description of his time in Buchenwald and a German translation of his memoir All Our Hope are You [ME 598]. A folder of copies of correspondence with Dotty Hamilton, who is largely featured in this memoir, is present in Series II. The correspondence between Gerhard Löffler and Frank Shurman (Series II and Series IV) also mentions this time period. The scrapbooks of this collection also hold material on the Holocaust in general as well as the fate of the Schürmann family. Material on the Holocaust and Kristallnacht in general, especially in the town of Hildesheim, will be found in Series V.

Papers on Schürmann/ Shurman family members are also present in this collection, in addition to the previously mentioned scrapbook on the family in Series IV. Correspondence between Frank Shurman and his father Willy as well as a few letters of his father are located in Series II. A very small amount of correspondence between Frank Shurman and his siblings is also located in this series. Most of the papers relating to the family will be found in Series III. The documents of this series include notes on the family genealogy, papers of individual family members, a few papers relating to immigration, and English translations of correspondence of the family members of Albert Schürmann, who were unable to escape Nazi Germany.

There is some material in this collection regarding the Deutscher Vortrupp, the German-Jewish nationalistic organization founded by Hans-Joachim Schoeps to which Frank Shurman belonged. In the folder of Objects there is a pin with a the stylized letters DV that may have been a membership pin for the Deutscher Vortrupp. Among the folder of correspondence from the early 1930s in Series II, Subseries 2 is a copy of the response from the offices of the Wehrmacht to Frank Shurman's request to volunteer for the military in spite of his Jewish heritage, an act undertaken by all the members of the Deutscher Vortrupp. In addition, Shurman's early correspondence with Gerhard Löffler, found in Series II and Series IV, often discusses the organization and includes the traditional Deutscher Vortrupp closing: "Bereit für Deutschland." (Ready for Germany). Some clippings on Hans-Joachim Schoeps as well as his son and father, will be found in Series V.

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The collection is arranged in five series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed (MF 997).

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.

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

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Access Points

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Related Material

Frank Shurman's memoir, All Our Hope are You: a True Story about a Great Woman and her Compassion for Strangers in Need [ME 598] is available in the Memoir Collection of the LBI.

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Separated Material

Some audiocassettes from this collection have been removed to the Audiovisual Collection.

The book Forest of the Dead by Ernst Weichert was removed to the LBI Library.

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The collection is on five reels of microfilm (MF 997):

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Frank M. Shurman Collection; AR 25219; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The collection was organized by forming series through grouping similar materials or papers concerned with related topics together during the processing of the collection. Description of the collection was added to the finding aid and superfluous copies of identical documents were also removed from the collection.

The book Forest of the Dead, by Enrst Weichert was removed from folder 4/6 to the LBI Library. Pages with notes were photocopied and retained in the archival collection.

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Container List

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Series I: Personal, 1922-1999

This series is in English and German.
0.20 linear foot.

Divided into two subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series I is comprised of the personal papers of Frank Shurman. While the first subseries contains papers relating to various periods in Frank Shurman's life, the second consists of documents relating to his work with the intelligence division of the U.S. Army, assisting in questioning German and Austrian prisoners of war.

Subseries 1: General, 1922-1999

This subseries is in German and English.
0.10 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

This subseries holds papers pertaining to several periods in Shurman's life, including the overview in his curriculum vitae.

Many items here relate to Shurman's younger years, immigration, or service in the United States military. An album of a trip taken to Denmark to visit friends during the 1930s will be encountered here, as will items relating to his profession, such as a letter of recommendation and some papers from the Deutsche Schneiderschule in Dresden. Identification papers include a U.S. military and British identity cards, a German passport, and a birth certificate. Objects include a pin that may have originated with Shurman's membership in the German-Jewish nationalist group, the Deutscher Vortrupp, as well as some currency from pre- and post-war Germany. Like other members of the Deutscher Vortrupp, Frank Shurman offered to join the German military in 1935; the folder "Other Papers" includes a copy of the response to this offer requesting further information on his genealogy. This folder also holds a photocopy of a postcard Shurman sent to his mother from Buchenwald. This subseries additionally features instructions from the Kitchener Camp where Shurman stayed while awaiting his immigration to the United States.

Later papers include itineraries for trips taken by Frank and Margery Shurman as well as obituaries and eulogies marking Frank Shurman's death.

11Curricula Vitae1963-1989
12Danmark! Pyh-ha! - Photo Album and Trip Report1936-1937
13Educational and Professional Papers1926-1934, 1977
14Eulogies and Obituaries1999
15Identification Papers1936-1946
17Other Papersundated, 1935-1982
18Restitution Decision1975
19Richborough (Kent, England) Transit Camp Instructions1939
110Trip Itineraries1993-1996

Subseries 2: POW Intelligence Screening, 1944-1946

This subseries is in English and German.
0.10 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 contains documents relating to Frank Shurman's work during World War II, when he served as an intelligence officer of the Third Service Command of the Army, as part of a screening team for the interrogation of German-speaking Prisoners of War in order to catalog and assess the POWs and determine the possibility of their reintegration into post-war German society. Two memorandums found here include an evaluation of the POWs reactions during various stages near the end of World War II and a detailed political history of one of the POWs. In addition, there is also a transcript of an interview conducted by Frank Shurman giving testimony of a German SS officer regarding the execution of American POWs and French civilians during 1945 and 1946. "Und Morgen die ganze Welt" is a collection of humorous comments garnered from interactions with prisoners and prepared by the screening team for their commanding officer.

111Confidential Classification Forms - Interview Reports October1944
112Instructions and General Survey1944
113Memorandum - Attitude of German Prisoners of War in American Compounds of 3rd Service Command28 February 1946
114Memorandum - Individual Interview21 November 1945
115POW Article and Notes1945-1946
116Und Morgen die Ganze Welt1946?
117War Crimes Office Inquiry - POW Testimony1946
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Series II: Correspondence, 1912-2002

This series is in English and German.
0.80 linear foot.

Divided into three subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series II contains the correspondence of Frank Shurman. During processing of the collection, it was divided by prominence and type. Larger amounts of correspondence with specific individuals or designated by notations on original envelopes as relating to a certain subject were placed in Subseries 1: Individuals and Topics, while less well-represented correspondence was grouped together chronologically to form Subseries 2. Financial and legal correspondence, found together in the original order, were assigned their own subseries.

Subseries 1: Individuals and Topics, 1935-2002

This subseries is in English and German.
0.60 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

Subseries 1 is comprised of personal correspondence from specific individuals or concerning specific topics. This includes some family correspondence as well as letters of several individuals who played particularly significant roles in Frank Shurman's life.

"Dotty" (Agusta Rahr) Hamilton was an American visiting Germany who spontaneously agreed to provide Frank Shurman and his family members with visa affidavits in 1938 after knowing them for only an hour; following the Shurman family's immigration their families became close friends. Frank Shurman wrote a memoir, All Our Hope Are You: A True Story about a Great Woman and her Compassion for Strangers in Need, describing the role of Dotty Hamilton in his life; the title of the memoir derived from a letter his mother wrote to Dotty Hamilton in 1940. Correspondence with Dotty Hamilton includes some photocopies of letters sent to and from her. Frank Shurman often credited Dotty Hamilton with having saved his and his family's lives and in her honor he and his wife Margery created the Agusta Rahr Hamilton Fund for the Jewish Studies Department at Wellesley College, where both Dotty Hamilton and Margery Shurman had studied. This subseries additionally holds some letters relating to this fund.

This subseries also contains a small amount of correspondence with Gerhard Löffler, a close friend of Frank Shurman's since 1934. Much of this correspondence is in the folder of letters to and from him, and includes some photographs. In this subseries there are also some letters between Frank Shurman and Löffler's sister Ruth Sünder, especially regarding Löffler's death. The folder of letters regarding his death includes Löffler's emotional farewell letter to Frank Shurman. Other correspondence of Gerhard Löffler may be found among the folder of European Letters. Further copies of correspondence with Löffler will be found in Series IV: Writings and Scrapbooks.

Other prominent correspondents in this subseries include Frank Shurman's friends Gertrud Remé (née Epilinius) and her husband Jürgen. Following his release from Buchenwald, it was in Gertrud Epilinius and her family that Frank Shurman confided the events of his incarceration, and he referred to her as his "crown witness" of this ordeal. Many letters mention a 1981 trip to Germany by the Shurmans. In addition to family news, their letters often discuss current events and politics.

Correspondence to and from Frank Shurman's parents Willy and Alma primarily consist of letters between Frank and his father, although there are also a few letters of Willy Shurman. Among these is a letter from Alma Shurman to her husband while he was incarcerated in the Godehardi Gefängnis in Hildesheim following his arrest on Kristallnacht and internment in Buchenwald. Other letters mention the death of Alma Shurman as well as the fate of Schürmann family members left behind in Germany.

Some letters in this subseries mention the publication of Frank Shurman's written work. The folder "European Letters" includes letters from Lore Auerbach, the mayor of Hildesheim, who translated Frank Shurman's memoir, All Our Hope are You, into German for its publication in the Kehrwieder am Sonntag newspaper series. The folder on Verlag Mittler und Sohn mentions Frank Shurman's intention to publish Briefe aus Dresden, his collection of correspondence with Gerhard Löffler.

118Army Service Forces1944-1946
119Auerbach, Lore1981-1995
120Bergerson, Andrew1998
121Bergerson, Andrew - From Binder1993-1995
122Besecke, Kurt and Ursula1988-1994
123Bonn Visit1998
125Dilthey, Maximilian1937-1948
126Ernst, Anna1988-1991
127European Letters - From Binder1937-1940, 1982-1989
128Friends in Germany - List and Cardsundated
129Gaenslen, Alfred and Family1981-1984
130Graham, Lorraine Shurman (sister)1935-1945, 1972-1991
131Hahn, Hans-Jürgen Th. (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Beth Shalom an der Robert-Bosch-Gesamtschule)1986-1988
132Hamilton, Agusta Rahr ("Dotty")1938-1965, 1999-2002
133Krätzschmar, Ludwig ("Lutz") - Interview Transcript1988
134Laurence, Frank - Research Project1999
135Lease, Gary1987-1994
136Leo Baeck Institute - Publications and Form Letters1986-2000
137Letters to the Editorundated
138Löffler, Gerhard1935-1988
139Löffler, Gerhard and Ruth Sünder - Death of Gerhard Löffler1992
140Lowenstein, Senta1935, 1967
141Malsen-Tilhorch, Gabriele von1994-1995
142Mørch, Sven1996
143Nülsen, Franz1947-1969
144Reimann, Heinz and Michael1986-1990
145Remé, Jürgen and Gertrud (geb. Epilinius)1965-1969, 1981
146Remé, Jürgen and Gertrud (geb. Epilinius)1974-1979
147Remé, Jürgen and Gertrud (geb. Epilinius)1986-1998
148Rheins, Carl J.1973-1981
149Rohrsen, Walter1990-1995
150Rohrsen, Walter - Hildesheim Articles1994
151Ruth, Mickey and Fred1993-1998
152Schüller, Hans1993-1996
153Schurmann, Ernst (Ernesto) and Edith1993-1998
154Shurman, William and Alma (parents)19635-1947
155Siebert, Rudolph ("Rudy")1984-1985
156Sünder, Ruth (sister of Gerhard Löffler)1992-1994
157Verlag Mittler and Sohn1993
158Wellesley College - Agusta Rahr Hamilton Fund1989-1990
159Wiechert, Ernst1938-1939

Subseries 2: Chronological, 1934-1999

This subseries is in German and English.
0.10 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 is comprised of chronologically organized letters from various correspondents.

Letters from the early 1930s mention the Deutscher Vortrupp and also include one letter from Shurman's friend Gerhard Löffler. This folder also contains a response to Shurman's attempt to join the German military, requesting further information on any Aryan ancestors Frank Shurman might have had. Correspondence from the later 1930s mentions Shurman's stay in the Kitchener Camp in Kent, England while awaiting his visa for America. Frank Shurman's time in the army during World War II is documented in the folder of letters from the 1940s; among these are letters from former German and Austrian POWs he met during the course of his military work. Others include a response to Shurman's request on information on post-war Hildesheim and a letter regarding his recommendations concerning the location of suitable government officials in post-war Germany. A few letters dating from the 1960s-1970s mention publication of an article by Frank Shurman and the awarding of the Bundesverdienstkreuz to him. Later letters are often from friends and acquaintances and mention reunions, the dedication of the memorial for the Hildesheim synagogue, and the deaths of various friends. Among the letters from the 1990s is one denoting the death of Gertrud Remé and the significance of her friendship since 1934.

162Correspondence1941-1946, 1958

Subseries 3: Financial and Legal, 1912-1979

This subseries is in German and English.
0.10 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

The correspondence and accompanying documentation of Subseries 3 relates primarily to the restitution case of Frank Shurman and the will and estate of his father Willy Shurman. Among the papers relating to Willy Shurman are his last will and correspondence regarding the remains of his estate. Correspondence from the 1970s relating to Frank Shurman's restitution list payments made to him. The 1975 decision about the restitution for Frank Shurman is available in Series I.

167Estate of William Shurman - Inheritance1952-1955
168Estate of William Shurman - Official Documentation1912-1951
169German Pension - Correspondence1977-1980
170German Pension - Facts and Figures1978-1979
171German Pension - Official Documentation1935-1938
172Restitution - Estate of William Shurman/ Willy Schürmann1950-1952
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Series III: Schürmann/ Shurman Family, 1908-1988

This series is in German and English.
0.10 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

This series is comprised of papers of members of the Shurman family other than Frank Shurman, or which relate to the family as a whole.

Several folders hold documents pertaining to the family's experiences in Nazi Germany and the family's emigration. English translations of letters sent to Otto Schürmann by Albert and Else Schürmann document the deportation and separation of Albert Schürmann's family. This series also holds copies of the official papers used by Willy Shurman and Hannelore Schürmann for their emigration. Papers relating to Willy Schürmann's apparel business, including copies of advertisements and an example of the letters sent by the Gestapo to Willy Shurman's customers in 1938 will be found in the folder "Schürmann Firm". Notes on the family's genealogy by Willy Shurman are also located in this series.

173Correspondence - English Translations1942
174Emigration Papers1939-1941
176Lorraine Shurman Graham (Hannelore Schürmann)1940-1994
177Margery Moses Shurman - Inheritance1972
178Narratives and Notesundated, 1934-1988
179Schürmann Firm1933-1938
180Willy and Alma Schürmann1908-1940
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Series IV: Writings and Scrapbooks, 1933-1998

0.70 linear foot.

Divided into two subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series IV holds the creations of Frank Shurman, in the form of his writings and scrapbooks. Especially prominent in this series is the material related to Briefe aus Dresden, Shurman's collection of correspondence between himself and his friend Gerhard Löffler.

Subseries 1: Written Works, 1934-1994

This subseries is in German and English.
0.5 linear foot.

Separated into Briefe aus Dresdan and Other Writings.

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of examples of Frank Shurman's writing and related papers. The majority of papers concern Frank Shurman's collection of letters exchanged with Gerhard Löffler, which Sherman entitled Briefe aus Dresden [Letters from Dresden]. Other writings here include the German translation of his memoir, All Our Hope are You, a report on his experiences in Buchenwald, and a few shorter pieces.

Most papers in this subseries relate to Briefe aus Dresden, which Frank Shurman presumably intended to publish. Gerhard Löffler was one of Frank Shurman's closest friends. After meeting on a train from Breslau to Dresden in 1934, they kept in contact until Gerhard Löffler's death in 1992, an exchange of letters that spanned fifty-eight years, with only a break in correspondence from 1942-1946. The collected correspondence exists in the form of two large volumes of photocopied letters along with a few original letters and a few typed transcripts of Gerhard Löffler's handwritten letters. In addition to the copies of the written correspondence, there are also twenty-seven audiocassettes of Frank Shurman reading the letters aloud. Further original letters from Gerhard Löffler will be found among the personal correspondence of Series II.

A small amount of other writings are also present in Subseries 1. Among these are the German version of excerpts of All Our Hope are You, published under the title Unsere Hoffnung in Ihren Händen, in the Hildesheim newspaper Kehrwieder am Sonntag. The work was translated by Lore Auerbach, who was the mayor of Hildesheim for a number of years. November '38: Ein Bericht is an unpublished report written by Frank Shurman on the first anniversary of Kristallnacht, and contains a detailed and, in parts, disturbing account of his arrest and the following weeks spent in the Buchenwald concentration camp. A few prayers and a letter to his Rabbi composed by Frank Shurman and published in his congregation's newsletter are also present.

A) Briefe aus Dresden

21Black Binder - Chapter Outlines and Notesundated
22Black Binder - Code Stickers and Tape Content Formsundated
23Bound Volume - Part I: 1934-19601934-1957, 1972-1976
24Bound Volume - Part II: 1960-19921960-1993
25Copyright Agreement1990s?
28Correspondence - Gerhard Löffler to Fritz Schürmann1934-1939
29Correspondence - Gerhard Löffler to Frank Shurman1974-1989
211Photographsundated, 1956

B) Other Writings

212All Our Hope are You - Published German Translation - Unsere Hoffnung in Ihren Händen (Kehrwieder am Sonntag Series)1982
213November '38 - Ein BerichtNovember 1939, 1977
214Congregation Solel - Prayers and Newsletter1958-1994
215Memoir Excerptsundated

Subseries 2: Scrapbooks, 1933-1998

This subseries is in English and German.
0.2 linear foot.


Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 holds two scrapbooks. The first scrapbook concerns a trip to Germany in 1998, while the second one is dedicated to the Schürmann family.

The scrapbook entitled "Germany Trip" includes some correspondence and family documents, as well as form letters, notes, and cards sent by significant individuals for Frank Shurman's support of various cultural and political institutions and charities. Among the papers sent to Frank Shurman by well-known people and institutions are three notes with photographs signed by Bill Clinton in thanks for Shurman's support of the Democratic Party, a letter and card from Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah project, and a certificate from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition, there are many responses to Shurman's condolences on the deaths of various people as well as clippings and obituaries relating to numerous individuals he knew. Some documents of other family members, such as his wife and parents, are also present in this scrapbook. This scrapbook includes photocopies of photographs of Frank Shurman as an officer in the U.S. Army as well as photocopies of photographs of family members.

The scrapbook on the Schürmann family includes clippings and copies of documents, some of which may be available elsewhere in this collection. Documents placed here primarily include copies of official certificates and correspondence. Clippings relate to the Holocaust, Hildesheim, or individuals Frank Shurman knew.

216Grey Binder - Germany Trip1933-1998
217Blue Binder - The Schuermanns of Pattensen: The Story of a Family1938-1953, 1987-1994
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Series V: Collected Material, 1934-2002

This series is in English and German.
1.05 linear feet.


Scope and Content:

Series V is comprised of documents on various topics that Frank Shurman may have assembled out of interest or for use in his memoir. Although this series primarily consists of clippings and copies of articles, there are also publications, notes, and some form letters.

The majority of documents in this series relate to the Holocaust, Kristallnacht, and National Socialism. Material on the town of Hildesheim, especially the events of Kristallnacht in Hildesheim, are extensively represented in this series. Clippings related to the Holocaust in general are also prominent, as are articles and publications related to the memorial for the Hildesheim synagogue, which was destroyed during the Kristallnacht. Material on the concentration camp Buchenwald consists of some newspaper clippings, an unpublished article from the Wiener Library, and a book by Ernst Wiechert.

Articles on Hans-Joachim Schoeps, the founder of the Deutscher Vortrupp, and individuals related to him will be found in the folders on Julius Schoeps and the articles of Gary Lease. The folder of biographical material on Frank Shurman holds some newspaper clippings mentioning him and photocopies of notes with biographical information on him.

218Anti-Semitism and Neo-Nazism1989-1994
219Articles by Gary Lease1977-1993
220Avenue of the Righteous1986-1988
221Buchenwald1938?, 1991-1992
222Collected Writings - Poetry and Excerptsundated
223Congregation Solel1958-1995
224German-Jewish History (General)1994-1999
226Hildesheim and the Holocaust1988-1994
227Hildesheim and the Holocaust - Kristallnacht1988-1991
228Hildesheim and the Holocaust - Kristallnacht - November 1938-1988 50 Years Later1933-1935, 1988
31Hildesheim Jewish Cemetery1988-1994
32Hildesheim Synagogue Memorial1988?
33Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung - 250 Jahre December [don't MF]1955
34Holocaust and the Shoah Foundation1982-1998
35Holocaust - General1939, 1980-2001
36Kitchener Campundated, 1988
38National Socialism - Copies of Official Documents1934-1944
39Notes and Bibliographies1981-2002
310Other Topics1976-1995
312People - Berkowitz, Horst-Egon1983-1989
313People - Clippings with Commentary1972-1995
314People - Krebs, Hans Adolf1990
315People - Lazarus, Robert1973
316People - Schindler, Oskar1994
317People - Schoeps, Juliusundated, 1993
319Rathenau, Walterundated, 1952-1992
320Restitution and War Crimes1982-1989
41Rohrsen, Walter - Collected Articles1993
42Shurman, Frank - Biographical1976-1999
43Stamp Collection [don't MF?]1940-1984
44Trip to Germany1986-1988
45Wiechert, Ernst - Botschaft an die Lebenden1946
46Wiechert, Ernst - Forest of the Dead - Notes from Book1938-1947
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Series VI: Addenda, 1934-1972

This series is primarily in German.
3 folders


Scope and Content:

The small amount of addenda consists of some original correspondence between Frank Sherman and Maximilian Dilthey and Hans-Joachim Schoeps, the founder of the Deutscher Vortrupp. Some oversized material includes published photographs and drawings of Hildesheim, its Old-New Synagogue, and the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Some audiocassettes have been removed from this series to the Audiovisual Collection.

47Correspondence – Dilthey, Maximilian1938, 1947
48Correspondence – Schoeps, Hans-Joachim1934-1946
Box TitleDate
OS 130 Oversized – Depictions of Hildesheim, Synagogue and Old Jewish Cemetery1938?, 1972
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