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Collection Itzkowitz Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-35
Dates of Creation 1997-2010
Extent of Description 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Creator Sam and Lonia Itzkowitz
Admin/Biographical History Samuel and Lonia Itzkowitz, both survivors of the Holocaust, married on January 15, 1951. Both were originally from Poland. Sam was born in Makow to Philip and Hannah Itzkowitz and had two sisters and a brother. Sam's father owned a shoe store, which was confiscated at the start of World War II. The family lived in the Makow ghetto before being transferred to Mlawa in December of 1942. After this, Sam and his brother were transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau and never saw the rest of the family again. Sam was liberated by American troops in May of 1945. After liberation, Sam stayed at Furstenfeldbrook, a displaced persons camp, and then immigrated to Richmond, Virginia.

Lonia was born in Ciechanow to Esther Altus and Mendel Wiatrak and had two sisters. Lonia's father was a blacksmith until 1939 when the Germans invaded and seized their property and assets. In 1942 the family was deported to Treblinka and Lonia was sent to Auschwitz, then Slonsk, then Bergen-Belsen. Lonia was liberated by the British in 1945. Following liberation Lonia married Chaim Joav/Mendel Fayman, and had a son, Marvin, before her husband passed away. Following her first husband's death, Lonia moved to New York. Sam and Lonia met in New York, married and moved to Richmond together to raise a family and run grocery stores in the Richmond area. Lonia and Sam had three children; Marvin Fayman, Hannah and Fred Itzkowitz. After retirement Sam was actively involved in survivor interviews, and visiting schools to talk about his experiences in the Holocaust.
Copyrights No restriction on use.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Itzkowitz Family Papers consists of biographical materials, family photographs, newspaper clippings, litigation records, interview notes, letters to Sam from students, and documents concerning Nazi tattoo practices on victims of the Holocaust. Biographical materials provide an overview of the history of both Sam and Lonia's lives before the war and incarceration in various concentration and work camps. There is also information regarding the area of Poland they were both from. Family photographs include mostly copies of originals of Sam and Lonia's extended family before the war, and some images of the two post-war. Also included are photographs of the numbers tattooed on their forearms and two CDs of the images. Newspaper clippings are mostly obituaries of the couple and a few from various interviews Sam took part in. Litigation records are from both Sam and Lonia, filing claims in 1999 for material and property lost by both their families. Interview notes are from an interview Sam had with the Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation. Student letters are a result of Sam presenting his personal experiences through the Holocaust to a classroom. Tattoo practices are a result of museum custodial work regarding the family papers and discussion over Nazi tattoo practices.
Subjects Treblinka (concentration camp)
Auschwitz (concentration camp)
Sachsenhausen (concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen (concentration camp)
Warsaw, Poland
Makow, Poland
Mlawa, Poland
Ciechanow, Poland
Slonim, Poland
Vistula, Poland
Landsburg, Germany
F├╝rstenfeldbruck, Germany
Slonsk, Poland
Richmond, Virginia
United States - Holocaust - Personal Narratives
United States - Holocaust - Survivors
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation
Jewish Community Center, Richmond VA
Burger King Academy
Richmond Times Dispatch