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Guide to the Joseph L. Blumenstein papers, 1930-1975 and undated.

Summary

Joseph L. Blumenstein (1914-1982) was a Jewish United States Army officer and merchant born in Berlin, Germany. The materials in this collection document Joseph L. Blumenstein's emigration from Germany in 1937, his efforts to rescue his parents from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust, his service in the United States Army during World War II, and postwar family life in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11013
Title
Joseph L. Blumenstein papers
Date
1930-1975 and undated
Extent
1.3 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English, German, and Czech

Collection Overview

The materials in this collection document Joseph L. Blumenstein's emigration from Nazi Germany and immigration to Czechoslovakia (1937) and the United States (1938) and his efforts to rescue parents Solomon and Fanny Blumenstein from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. The collection also contains documents related to Blumenstein's military service during World War II and his postwar family life in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Types of material include German school reports and references from employers, a Czech passport, affidavits of support, correspondence, and other immigration documents; military orders, rosters, and documents related to veterans' benefits; a photograph album with pictures of family members and soldiers; and a yearbook.

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[Identification of item], Joseph L. Blumenstein papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Immigration and military service materials, 1930-1939
Box 1
Folder 1
Immigration and military service materials, 1940 August-1941 November
Box 1
Folder 2
Immigration and military service materials, 1943-1949 and undated
Box 1
Folder 3
The LaFamac (Fayetteville High School yearbook), 1931

Florence (Fleishman) Blumenstein's high school yearbook, with signatures from classmates.

Box 1
Folder 4
Photograph, Joseph and Florence Blumenstein, 1958 January
Box 1
Folder 5
Photograph album, circa 1920-1930s, circa 1942-1968, 1975

The album contains pictures of Joseph Blumenstein and friends in military uniforms, circa 1941-1945, as well as family members and members of the Fayetteville Jewish community. Family members pictured include parents Fannie and Solomon Blumenstein, wife Florence "Fannie" Fleishman Blumenstein, daughter Frances Blumenstein, and Emma Shapiro and Jacob Louis Fleishman (Florence's parents).

Box 2
 

Historical Note

Joseph L. Blumenstein (1914-1982) was a Jewish United States Army officer and merchant of Fayetteville (Cumberland Co.), North Carolina. He was born Josef Leo Blumenstein in Berlin, Germany, where he was educated at Jewish schools and trained to become a tailor. He emigrated from Germany to Czechoslovakia in 1937 and to the United States in 1938. During World War II, Blumenstein served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he married Florence Fleishman of Fayetteville. He was later stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an instructor for the Tactical Section of the Infantry School. He was also involved in the interrogation of German prisoners and the postwar training of Germans for service in the Office of Military Government. After the war, Blumenstein and his family remained in Fayetteville, where they owned and operated the Capitol Food Store and were members of the Beth Israel Congregation.

Related Material

Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

The Joseph L. Blumenstein papers are a gift of David Moff. They were received as part of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina Collection by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in June, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Mary Mellon, April 2015

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0138