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Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers, 1870-2006
BANC MSS 2010/729  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1870-2006
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/729
    Creators : Kaufman, Edith Schoenberger, 1904-1995
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton, 3 boxes, 13 oversize boxes (linear feet: 8)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.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. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers, BANC MSS 2010/729, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kaufman, Edith Schoenberger, 1904-1995--Archives
    Kaufman, Bernard, 1914-2008
    Schoenberger, Eugen, 1871-1970
    Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
    American Friends of the Hebrew University
    Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    Concentration camps--France
    Jews--Germany--Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate)
    Jews--Missouri--Saint Louis
    Jews--California--San Francisco
    Jewish women--California--San Francisco
    Jews--Claims
    Scrapbooks
    Photographs
    Ephemera
    Judah L. Magnes Museum. 2008.24 AR1
    Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers were given to The Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2009. Additional processing by Lara Michels in 2011.

    Biography

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of family papers, photographs, and photo albums/scrapbooks. Family papers range from personal documents and correspondence to materials relating to Holocaust restitution. There are also papers relating to Edith Schoenberger Kaufman’s work with Hadassah. Files on Eugen Schoenberger’s company, Schoenberger Cabinet, are particularly rich both with information about the Nazi seizure of a Jewish company and with ephemera and materials documenting the company’s products. The collection includes a large number of photo albums and scrapbooks documenting Edith Schoenberger Kaufman’s family, travels, and philanthropic work. Particularly noteworthy are the early travel photo albums from the 1930s, the family photo album (circa 1870-1951), which documents the World War II era emigration of Edith's extended Jewish family from Germany, and the scrapbooks and photo albums documenting Eugen Schoenberger’s life and his company.