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Front: Tan paper with printed "N.J. Israel" letterhead on upper lefthand corner.Typewritten letter with signature and other ink writing on the bottom right. Back: Printed black lines with pencil handwriting written across the entirety of the page.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: This letter from the Kaufthaus Nathan Israel to the Carl Bruns Company in Rathenow refers to payment not having been received, respectfully requesting that said payment be made. Israel's Department Store was founded by Nathan Israel in 1815. By the 1930s the store employed over 2,000 people and was a member of the stock exchange. It had been boycotted by the German government. Israel's was set ablaze and ransacked during Kristallnacht, after which it was aryanized and re-opened under a different name. Wilfred Israel, who had run the store with his brother, emigrated to England and organized ship transports for Jewish children escaping from occupied Europe. Other members of the Israel family were deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto where they perished.
8 1/4 x 5 1/4"
Kaufthaus Nathan Israel, Carl Bruns Company, Rathenow, Israel's Department Store, Boycott, Kristallnacht, England, Theresienstadt, Nathan Israel, Emil Koster AG, Wilfred Israel
1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program
"Letter from the Kaufthaus Nathan Israel to the Carl Bruns Company, Rathenow" (1937). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2015.2.19.