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Collection Kupfer Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-41
Dates of Creation 1994 -2012
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Creator Gertrude Kupfer
Other Creators David Kupfer
Admin/Biographical History Gertrude Kupfer was born in Sandomierz, Poland in 1917 to Matilda and Joshua Zoberman. She was the second youngest of four girls. Gertrude attended a Catholic college briefly before the outbreak of the war, when her family was moved to the ghetto of Sandomierz. She was then deported to a labor camp in Pionki, Poland where she worked in an ammunitions factory. Her sister, Irene, aided her and her father to escape the camp and go to Warsaw, Poland. There Gertrude lived in hiding until she was found and sent to a concentration camp in Stutthof, Poland. She was later moved to the Gross Rosen camp in Germany, and in 1945 was liberated by the Russian Army. In Lodz, Poland Gertrude was able to reunite with both her parents and all of her sisters. After reconnecting with a friend from before the war, in 1949, Gertrude married Henry Kupfer. They married in Toronto, before moving to Richmond.

Henry Kupfer was born in Pinczow, Poland in 1909. He attended medical school in Poland, and during the war was a physician for the Russians. His first wife and daughter, Lara and Tamara, did not survive the war. After the war Henry worked as a physician at a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany before a friend, Simon Russi helped him immigrate to the United States. Following Russi's help and his marriage to Gertrude, Henry moved to Richmond and took a position in the Pathology Department at the Medical College of Virginia. Henry and Gertrude had two children, Phyllis and David. Henry became the first director of the School of Medical Technology at the Medical College of Virginia. He passed away in 1964. Following Henry's passing, Gertrude began working as a Medical Lab Technician and was very active in the Jewish Community of Richmond. Gertrude passed away in 2004.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Kupfer Family Papers consists of biographical materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, materials from Gertrude's Sophie Stahl Memorial Award, SHOAH interview notes, litigation and insurance claims documents, as well as records concerning the donation and post-custodial arrangements of the record group. The majority of the materials included relate to Gertrude's life work in the Jewish Community of Richmond. It includes examples of her calligraphy work, and a poem she wrote and numerous events and interviews Gertrude participated in.
Subjects Pinczow, Poland
Sandomierz, Poland
Pionki, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Stutthof, Poland
Gross Rosen Camp, Germany
Lodz, Poland
Toronto, Canada
Richmond, Virginia
Temple Beth-El
St Mary's Hospital, Richmond
US Holocaust Museum
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
Richmond-Times Dispatch
The Reflector
Friendship League of Richmond
Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation
The International Commission on Holocaust ERA Insurance Claims
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
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