Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers, 1870-2006

Finding Aid written Lara Michels.
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University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Edith Schoenberger Kaufman papers, circa 1873-2006

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/729

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Lara Michels.
Date Completed:
October 2011
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.
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Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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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.

Container List

 

Series 1:  Family Papers and Loose Photographs. circa 1873-2000

Physical Description: Carton 1; Boxes 1-2
Carton 1, Folder 1

Personal documents of Edith Kaufman and Eugen Schoenberger, 1904-1976

Carton 1, Folder 2

Falk family correspondence and miscellany, 1873-1915

Carton 1, Folder 3

Genealogy, circa 1975

Carton 1, Folder 4-6

Correspondence with family and other family related materials, circa 1940-1990

Carton 1, Folder 7-9

Correspondence with friends, circa 1940-1990

Carton 1, Folder 10-11

Rabbi Max Nussbaum and Ruth Nussbaum, circa 1942-1979

Carton 1, Folder 12

Correspondence with Rudolph and Estelle Oppenheimer, 1970-1976

Carton 1, Folder 13

Correspondence with rabbis and material regarding rabbis, circa 1945-1971

Carton 1, Folder 14

Correspondence with Flori Durlacher, circa 1950-1980

Carton 1, Folder 15-16

Miscellaneous materials on Kaufman children and Bernard Kaufman, circa 1970-1985

Carton 1, Folder 17-18

Hadassah, 1949-1960

Carton 1, Folder 19

Death of Eugen Schoenberger (correspondence and materials on), circa 1970

Carton 1, Folder 20

Camp de Gurs research materials, circa 1970-1990

Carton 1, Folder 21

Holocaust Restitution file, circa 1980-2000

Carton 1, Folder 22

Hans Kornell Champagne, circa 1970-1990

Carton 1, Folder 23

Schoenberger Cabinet ephemera and clippings, circa 1920-1975

Carton 1, Folder 24

Materials re: Christian Adalbert Kupferberg, circa 1967-1982

Carton 1, Folder 25

"Odds and Ends," circa 1926-2008

Carton 1, Folder 26-27

Condolence Cards sent upon death of Edith Kaufman, 1995

Box 1, Folder 1

Edith Kaufman correspondence from Bernard Kaufman files, 1995

Box 1, Folder 1

Bernard Kaufman file on Edith Kaufman and French Restitution, 1995

Box 1, Folder 2

Bernard Kaufman file on Edith Kaufman and Restitution, New York Banking Dept., 1999-2006

Box 1, Folder 3

Bernard Kaufman file on Edith Kaufman (assorted), circa 1950-1990

Box 1, Folder 4

Bernard Kaufman file on Edith Kaufman's estate, circa 1995-2001

Box 1, Folder 5

Bernard Kaufman file on Schoenberger Foundation, circa 2000-2006

Box 1, Folder 6

Bernard Kaufman file of memorial contributions upon death of Edith Kaufman, 1995

Box 1, Folder 7

Bernard Kaufman file: In Memorium book for Edith Kaufman, 1995

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Photographs, circa 1940-1990

Scope and Content Note

Includes portaits of Edith Kaufman, photographs of the Kaufman children, and many photographs of Edith Kaufman's friends (some of whom are represented in this collection's correspondence).
Oversize Folder 1A

Photograph of Hadassah 1950 National Convention Banquet, 1950

 

Series 2:  Scrapbooks and Photo Albums. circa 1901-1991

Physical Description: Box 3; Oversize Boxes 1-13
Oversize Box 1

Family photo album of Edith (Falk Schoenberger) Kaufman, circa 1870-1951

Scope and Content Note

Includes members of families with the following surnames: Dreyer, Heinemann, Falk, Grunebaum, Offenstadt, Durlacher, Leuchter, Katzenstein, Kornblum, Deschere, Harmon, Oppenheimer. Photo album documents the World War II era migration of an extended Jewish family from Germany to a range of countries, including South Africa, Argentina, England, and the United States.
Oversize Box 1

Schoenberger Cabinet scrapbook, circa 1915-1936

Scope and Content Note

Includes ephemera from the Schoenberger Cabinet company, such as bottle labels and marketing materials, as well as some correspondence.
Oversize Box 1

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Germany, 1951

Oversize Box 2

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, New York, Caribbean, Saint Louis, Catskills, Canada, circa 1970-1972

Oversize Box 2

Hebrew University Wall of Life photo album, circa 1975

Oversize Box 3

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, circa 1956

Oversize Box 3

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Hawaii, circa 1955

Oversize Box 3

Travel photo album/scrapbook: France, Switzerland, circa 1964

Oversize Box 4

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Mexico, circa 1959

Oversize Box 4

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Canada and Mexico, circa 1959-1965

Oversize Box 4

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, Israel, Around the World Trip, Pyrenees, Egypt, circa 1959-1981

Oversize Box 5

Travel photo album/scrapbook: South America, South Africa, Germany, 1972

Oversize Box 5

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Hawaii, Coronado, St. Helena, 1966-1972

Oversize Box 6

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Orient, 1972

Oversize Box 6

Eugen Schoenberger's 95th birthday scrapbook, 1966

Oversize Box 7

Hadassah and Israel Bonds scrapbook, 1962-1970

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and other ephemera relating to Edith Schoenberger's work with Hadassah and Israel Bonds.
Oversize Box 7

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, 1958

Oversize Box 8

Hadassah and Israel Bonds scrapbook, 1959-1962

Oversize Box 8

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, Israel, Texas, 1984-1991

Oversize Box 9

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Wedding, Europe, Israel, 1976-1978

Oversize Box 10

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, 1933-1936

Oversize Box 10

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg 1937-1938

Oversize Box 10

Travel photo album/scrapbook: USA, 1937

Oversize Box 11

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Europe, 1954

Oversize Box 11

Eugen Schoenberger's 90th birthday scrapbook, 1961

Oversize Box 11

Eugen Schoenberger: A Life in Documents (Ein Lebensbild in Dokumenten), circa 1920-1955

Oversize Box 12

Family photo album, circa 1961-1989

Oversize Box 12

Travel photo album/scrapbook: USA, circa 1941-1953

Oversize Box 13

Travel photo album/scrapbook: Norfolk-Germany, 1982

Oversize Box 13

Hebrew University (presented to ESK in remembrance of her visit to the Faculty of Agriculture, 1974

Oversize Box 13

Hebrew University (presented to ESK in remembrance of her visit to the Faculty of Agriculture, 1974

Box 3

Photo album of art collected by Edith Kaufman, circa 1980

Box 3

Photo album of Eugen Shoenberger, 1903-1970

Scope and Content Note

Consists of portraits and photographs of Eugen Schoenberger.
Box 3

Kaufman family photo album, 1982-1989

Box 3

Kaufman family photo album, 1974-1985