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Collection Joel Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-64
Dates of Creation 1999 - 2010
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Creator Ida Plotnik (Joel)
Admin/Biographical History Ida Plotnik (nèe Joel) was born on July 14, 1925 in Podwoloczyska, Poland to Ephraim and Gusta Joel (nèe Bieler). She was the couple's second child, arriving five years after her older brother Herman. Ephraim and Gustra raised both Ida and Herman in Podwoloczyska, Poland near extended family.

The Joel family moved to the States on November 30, 1938, joining the majority of Ephraim's siblings who had previously immigrated to the U.S. In contrast, a majority of Gusta's family remained in Poland and perished during the Holocaust. The family left Poland on the MS Pilsudski.
The Joel family lived in New York City, New York for some time before moving to Richmond, Virginia where Ephraim's brother Joseph had opened a jewelry store. The family remained in Richmond, establishing roots in the area.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English.
Scope & Content The Joel Family Papers consist of biographical and genealogical materials. Biographical materials contain a summary of an interview conducted with Ida Plotnik. This interview covers Ida's family background, life in Poland, immigration to the States, and life in Richmond. Genealogical materials consist of a labeled photograph of the Bieler family, associated notes, and labeled thumb nails of family photographs. These labels and notes provide both names of family members and their relationships to Ida.
Subjects Podwoloczyska, Poland
L'vov, Poland
Tarnopol, Poland
Gdansk, Poland
New York City, New York
Sir Moses Montifiore Cemetery
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)-Poland
United States - Emigration and Immigration - History - 20th Century
MS Pilsudski (ocean liner)
Containers 1