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Date Span:  1920-1962

Creator:  Andre Steiner Family

Summary/Abstract: Andre Steiner and his wife lived in Hungary and Slovakia before surviving the Holocaust and immigrating to the United States. The collection consists of correspondence, 1939-1962, from Weiner family members many of which were written from Thereisenstadt; and the diary of Hetty Weiner Steiner that she wrote while hiding in the mountains in 1944.

Quantity/Physical Description: .1 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 172, Andre Steiner Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note Andre Steiner was born in Dunajska Streda in 1908 in what is now Hungary.  As a young man he studied Bauhaus architecture, an elite school of modern design and thought.  He married Hetty Weiner in 1935.  In 1940 Steiner, his wife Hetty and their young son Peter moved to Bratislava in Slovakia to escape the Nazi invasion in Brno.  In 1941 Steiner joined The Working Group, comprised of dissident members of the Ustredz Zidovsky, the governing body of Slovak Jewry.  His architectural designs were coveted by the Nazis and Steiner secretly bribed German and Slovak officials to prevent deportations.  He also convinced the Nazis to establish three work camps for Jews insisting that only Jewish laborers could build his designs.  He is credited with saving 7,000 Jews from deportation to death camps. When full scale deportations renewed in 1944, Andre and Hetty Steiner fled to the mountains and survived the war in hiding. After the war, Andre and his wife settled in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Researchers studying the Andre Steiner Family Papers will gain insight into the Holocaust. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Correspondence – incoming and outgoing – Weiner Family (some with translation and includes letters from Terezin) 1939-1962
2 Correspondence – letters to influential persons in support of the immigration of Dr. Armin Weiner 1940
3 Diary of Hetty Weiner Steiner Ca. 1944-1945
4 Transport card for Anna Weiner to Terezin 1944
5 Writings 1920, Undated


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