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Curtis, Ruth Dina: Personal papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1551
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Curtis, Ruth Dina: Personal papers
Date(s): 1937-2000
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Curtis | Ruth Dina | 1920-1991


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ruth Dina Curtis was born into an orthodox Jewish family in 1920 in North Germany. Her father was a banker who provided services for the farming community in Stade. The advent of the Nazis in 1933 brought discrimination, a move to Hamburg and ultimately death and separation. Ruth’s parents (Adolf and Therese Heidemann) were deported by the SS from Hamburg to Riga in December 1941, whereupon they ‘disappeared’ presumed murdered having been unable to obtain visas for the United States due to the strict quota system. Aged 19 Ruth was granted an entry permit for the UK and arrived in August 1939.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Ruth Dina Curtis, 1937-2000, comprising copies of correspondence between Ruth Dina Curtis and her family [1940s], an identity card for Herbert Cohn and a biographical account in English of Ruth Dina Curtis (nee Heideman) by her son.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German and English

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Additional finding aids can be located within the Wiener Library reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family.

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:
March 2008; amended June 2010

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