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Thomas Cook and Son Ltd: Storage record book

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 660
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Thomas Cook and Son Ltd: Storage record book
Date(s): 1914-1969
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Thomas Cook and Son Ltd | Lisbon | Portugal


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Cook (Thomas Cook and Son Ltd) ran a freight forwarding and storage business in Lisbon. During World War Two Portugal was neutral and Jews and others escaped there (often through Spain) en route to the USA and other places of refuge. Jews in Europe, intending to leave would have sent their belongings to Thomas Cook, Lisbon, as it was an internationally trusted firm, with offices around the world. In 1940 it was owned by Companie de Wagons-Lits, based in Brussels, but was later sequestrated by the British Government.


Scope and content/abstract:

Storage record book of Thomas Cook's Lisbon depot, Portugal 1942-1943. This volume is thought to be significant because it contains the names of many Jews who left possessions during the years 1942-1943, much of which remained unclaimed, and was presumably disposed of by Thomas Cook staff in due course.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by year.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

The Thomas Cook General Manager for Europe (1977-1978) retrieved the volume from the Lisbon office of Thomas Cook.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Leslie David Michaels

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2007

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