Gottlieb and Bodansky Family Papers, 1901-1981, undated
Gottlieb, Camilla Klaber 1884-1964
Bodansky, Lony Gottlieb
Gottlieb, Hermann 1875-1943
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
1.5 cu. ft. : 4 boxes
Camilla Klaber Gottlieb, nicknamed "Mia", was born on December 10, 1884 in Vienna, Austria to Ludwig and Caroline Hirsch Klaber. She married Hermann Gottlieb in 1918 in Vienna. They had one child, Lony, who immigrated to the United States in 1938 and married Harry Bodansky in the early 1940s. During World War II, Camilla and her husband were interned in Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Nazi government. Hermann died while in Theresienstadt of natural causes. Camilla immigrated to the United States in 1946. At some point, most likely before her internment at Theresienstadt, Camilla acquired a purse. She used this purse as a de facto file cabinet at least until 1952. Within this purse she kept all of the documents detailed in Series 1, subseries 1. After her immigration to the United States she lived in New York City with Lony and her son-in-law Harry. For a time she worked at home as a hand embroiderer, embroidering insignia on sweaters and scarves for G.A. Embroidery Company of New York. She moved with her family when they relocated to Maryland. Camillia died in 1964.
The papers document the lives of a Viennese couple, Hermann and Camilla Gottlieb, before, during, and after their imprisonment by the Nazis in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Czechoslovakia. The papers also relate to the Gottliebs' daughter, Lony, and her life in the United States. They include certificates of birth and marriage, diplomas, papers relating to Hermann Gottlieb's work as a metallurgist, medical records, financial papers such as bank statements, religious papers such as Jewish calendars, greeting cards, letters and correspondence, papers from their internment such as billeting papers and ration coupons, immigration documents, letters of transit, receipts for purchases, a datebook, a diary, obituaries, sympathy cards, and a funeral register. The papers relating to Lony Bodansky and her husband Harry include letters, photographs, and a photograph album from the 1939 World's Fair.
Gottlieb and Bodansky Family Papers,1901-1981 and undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History