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Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers, 1870-2006
BANC MSS 2010/729  
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Description
The collection consists of Edith Schoenberger Kaufman's family papers, photographs, and photo albums/scrapbooks. The materials document Edith's family life in Germany, the experience of Edith and her first husband, Eugen Schoenberger, in Nazi Germany and in France under Germany occupation, her immigration to the United States, and Edith's work in the Jewish community in Missouri and California.
Background
Edith Falk was born in 1904 in Berlin. In 1933, she married Eugen Schoenberger (1871-1970) and moved to Mainz. Schoenberger ran a successful sparkling wine business called Schoenberger Cabinet. The Nazis seized the company and changed its name to Sectkellerei Alt Mainz shortly before Edith and Eugen fled Germany for France in 1939. Edith was arrested in France and spent time in Camp de Gurs before her husband managed, with much difficulty, to secure her release and obtain the visas necessary to enter Spain and Portugal. The couple arrived in the United States in 1941 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where they remained for ten years and where Edith was quite active in the Jewish community and especially in the local chapter of Hadassah, for which she served as President from 1949 through 1951. The Schoenbergers moved to San Francisco in 1952. By then, all of Schoenberger’s assets that had been seized by the Nazis had been returned to him. The mayor of Mainz reportedly wanted to return the sparkling wine company to Schoenberger, but the couple did not wish to return to live in Germany. The company was later purchased by Seagram and Company. Eugen Schoenberger died in San Francisco in 1970. Edith married Dr. Bernard Kaufman, a San Francisco physician, in 1974. She remained active in the Jewish community of San Francisco through her work chairing the local chapter of Hadassah from 1956 through 1958 and her work on behalf of the American Friends of the Hebrew University where she created an endowment for the study of enology and viticulture in memory of her first husband. Edith Kaufman was also an avid art collector and donated much of her collection to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Edith Kaufman died in 1995.
Extent
Number of containers: 1 carton, 3 boxes, 13 oversize boxes (linear feet: 8)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.