Guide to the Willy Nordwind Collection
(1901-1964)
1921-1980s
bulk 1938-1939

AR 10551

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in August 2011. Description is in English.
November 26, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:
Title: Willy Nordwind Collection
Dates:bulk 1938-1939
Dates:1921-1980s
Abstract: The collection documents Willy Nordwind’s efforts to bring as many German Jews as possible out of Germany before World War II. Included here is correspondence with those who had arrived or those whom Willy Nordwind was still trying to bring over.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.8 linear feet.
Identification: AR 10551
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Willy Nordwind was born in Germany in 1901. His family moved to the United States and settled in the Boston area.

In the late 1930s Willy was very active in trying to bring German Jews to the United States. He was one of the founders of the Boston Committee for Refugees.

Willy Nordwind died in 1964.

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Scope and Content Note

The Willy Nordwind Collection is a real life testimony to humanity amidst hatred and destruction. Willy Nordwind and the Boston Committee for Refugees were able to save many German Jews from the Nazi regime by bringing them to the United States.

The collection documents Willy Nordwind’s attempts to bring as many German Jews as possible out of Germany before World War II.

Included here is correspondence with those who just came or those whom Willy Nordwind was still trying to bring over.

In many cases correspondence is accompanied by additional materials such as immigration, financial, and professional documents, photographs, CVs.

In addition to correspondence with émigrés there is also Willy Nordwind’s correspondence with other individuals and companies trying to find jobs for the newly arrived.

Also included in the collection is a very small portion of personal materials of Willy and Eleanor Nordwind, such as correspondence, documents, and photographs.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of two 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.

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Access Points

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Separated Material

Books were removed to the LBI Library.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Willy Nordwind Collection; AR 10551; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Series I: Refugee Aid, Correspondence, 1935-1946

This series is in German and English.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Refugee Aid, Correspondence includes materials documenting Willy Nordwind’s efforts to bring as many German Jews as possible out of Germany before World War II.

Included here is correspondence with those who had arrived or those whom Willy Nordwind was still trying to bring over.

In many cases correspondence also includes additional materials such as immigration, financial, and professional documents, photographs, CVs.

In addition to correspondence with émigrés there is also Willy Nordwind’s correspondence with other individuals and companies trying to find jobs for the newly arrived.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11A-G1938-1939
12Bier, H.1938-1939
13Boraks, Ludwig1937-1939
14Borg family1935-1939
15Brandt, Eduard1939
16Cohn, Franz1938-1939
17Deutsch family1938-1939
18Diamant, Friedel1938
19Elsberg, Albert1938-1939
110Farfel, Victor1938
111Freund, Moritz1938-1939
112Friedlaender, Julius1938-1939
113Feundland, Hilda1938-1939
114H-L
115Jacoby, Fritz1938-1939
116Kahn, Heinz and Werner
117L-R1938-1939
118Lazsky, Wolfgang and Elizabeth1938-1939
119Leiter, Albert and Regina
120Lowenstein, Lotte1938
121Manklein
122Mayer, Liselotte1938-1939
123Modrzejewski, Victor1938
124Morgenstern, Wilhelm1938
125Nathan, Hans1935-1938
126Raskin, Mitja1938
127Richard, Helen1938
128Roth, Herbert1938
129S-Z1938-1939
130Stern,1938-1939
131Unger, Martha1938-1939
132Various1938-1939
133Weil, Isle1938-1939
134Weiss, Hilda1939
135Wohlgemuth, Bernard and Irma1934-1939
136Wollner, Paul1938-1939
137Zwirn, Otto1938-1939
138Boston Committee for Refugees1938-1946
  

correspondence, minutes, other organizations

 
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Series II: Willy Nordwind Family, 1921-1980s

This series is in German and English.
0.3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Willy Nordwind Family includes various materials pertaining mostly to Eleanor and Willy Nordwind.

There is correspondence, printed materials, marriage certificate, and a memorial book for Willy Nordwind.

Additionally, there is correspondence with Nicholas Meyerhofer, who was preparing a book about Willy Nordwind and the Boston Committee for Refugees.

BoxFolderTitleDate
139Jacobsohn, Franz1960
140Kollek, Theodore1959-1964
141Nordwind, Eleanor1921-1926
  

scrapbook from the Benjamin School for Girls

 
142Nordwind, Eleanor1927, 1930
  

Benjamin School for Girls, yearbook

 
143Nordwind, Eleanor1931
  

correspondence

one letter
 
144Nordwind, Eleanor and Willy1928
  

marriage certificate

 
145Nordwind, Willy1964
  

memorial book

 
146Meyerhofer, Nicholas J.1938, 1980s
  

materials for the book about Willy Nordwind and the Boston Committee for Refugees

correspondence, printed materials, fragments of manuscript

 
147Photographs1919, 1940s
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