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Collection Stahl/Schwab Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-82
Dates of Creation 1997 - 2010
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Creator Ilse Stahl
Other Creators Virginia Holocaust Museum
Admin/Biographical History Isle Schwab Stahl was born in Furth, Germany on March 10, 1920 to Dr. Julius Schwab and Gertrud Schwab (née Mautner). Julius worked as a chemist, and owned and operated a pharmaceutical factory. This work provided the Schwab family with a comfortable life in Germany.

Isle married Rudi Stahl, originally from Nuremberg, Germany, on August 20, 1938. Several months later, during Kristallnacht, Rudi and Julius were arrested. Julius was released shortly afterwards, because of his connections within the community. Rudi was released after five weeks.

Once reunited, the family obtained visas to immigrate to the United Kingdom. Ilse and Rudi immigrated to London to take jobs as domestic workers, while Julius and Gertrud immigrated to Dublin, Ireland. Though the family made it out of Germany, Rudi was detained for three months out of fear that he, as a German immigrant, may have been a German spy.

Ilse eventually acquired visas to travel to the United States. The family entered the country through New York City though Ilse and Rudi eventually settled in Richmond, Virginia where Rudi's brother lived. The couple had two sons once in the States: Frank and Richard.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English and German
Scope & Content The Stahl/Schwab Family Papers contain biographical materials, photographs, identity documents, correspondences, and claims documents. Biographical materials include a summary of an oral history conducted with Ilse Schwab, and a list of her whereabouts from 1929 to 1945. Additional biographical materials housed in Folder 2 consist of two obituaries for Ilse Stahl. These materials help to outline Ilse's experience during the Holocaust.

Photographs, which are printouts with multiple images on each sheet, are of Julius, Gertrud, and Rudi. Identity documents contain a Kennkarte and Reispass for Rudi, and also include close up images and notes on the documents. These documents help to trace Rudi's route out of Germany.

Correspondences contain two documents: a copy and translation of a postcard sent to Isle from Rudi while he was imprisoned in Dachau; and a letter to Ilse from a German woman who explains why she stopped being friends with Isle when she was younger. These documents provide some insight into the social and political climate Ilse and Rudi experienced in Germany before the War.

Finally, Claims documents include applications, correspondences, and support documents completed and compiled by Ilse. These documents expand upon Isle's family history.
Subjects London, England
Liverpool, England
Quebec, Canada
New York City, New York
Dublin, Ireland
Furth, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
Bernburg, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Munich, Germany
Dachau (concentration camp)
International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims
European Insurance Policy Claims
Holocaust Claims Processing Office
United Kingdom - Emigration and immigration - History - 1933?1945
United States - Emigration and immigration - History - 1933?1945
Temple Beth El
Richmond Professional Institute
Tobacco Machinery Corporation
St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary
Chemische Fabrik
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