Leah Schwarz papers and oral history interview, 1939-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Schwarz, Leah, 1907-1980
Leah Schwarz papers and oral history interview
1939-1980 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette plus 1 transcript and 1 vertical file
Collection Number
Writings, correspondence and interview of a Jewish American who assisted many Jews to escape Slovakia
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Accession No. 3168-001: Leah Schwarz papers, 1939-1980Return to Top

1 vertical file

Scope and Content: Writings, correspondence, interview transcript.

From 1939-1945 Leah Gruen (later Schwarz) worked with Gisi Fleischmann and Rabbi Weissmandel to assist many Jews to escape Slovakia. Included are 7 pages of typewritten notes on her experiences, written shortly before her death and translated by Dr. Eric Offenbacher. Also xeroxed copies of falsified passports and official correpondence regarding her immigration to the U.S. in 1946 - with Dr. Offenbacher's explanatory notes. Article on Micheal B. Weissmandel whom L. Schwarz worked with.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Isador Schwarz, 3/1/1981.

Leah Schwarz papers

Accession No. 3168-002: Leah Schwarz oral history interview, 1979Return to Top

1 sound cassette (60 min.); transcript: 10 pages

Scope and Content: Tape-recorded interview conducted by Adina Russak, Feb. 2, 1979, with transcript.

More pertinent information, and correspondence with representatives of the American Rescue Committee, the International Red Cross and other detailed interviews are contained in file VF #1159.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Adina Russak, 11/4/1982.

Leah Schwarz oral history interview

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews, Czech--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Fleischmann, Gisi
  • Schwarz, Leah, 1907-1980--Archives
  • Weissmandel, Michael Dov, 1904?-1957
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Russak, Adina
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)