GERMAN EMIGRE FAMILY ARCHIVE.
A fascinating archive that traces the life in Germany and the escape to America of the wife and son of a German doctor just before all doors were shut. Arthur Drucker served in WWI and married Johanna at the end of the war. His wife Hannah was a Polish Jewish woman from Silesia. They lived in Dortmund where Drucker practiced. He died in 1933. In 1934, she got a passport and began to travel in Europe. Her son Peter got a passport in 1935. In January 1939, just before the gates closed, the emigrated to the United States, where Mrs. Drucker remarried a Mr. De Vere. Peter then became Peter De Vere.
This lot features three albums of photographs of Peter Drucker, Hannah Drucker and other family members during their travel through Europe in the 1930s. One has a note on the photographs in Peter's hands with his sarcastic comments, but showing various family members identified. Another album features photos of the infant Peter in 1923. Another album approximately 15 items relating to Arthur Drucker's mililtary and early medical career, including a 1912 RR card; several original articles on medicine including his dissertation; and miscellaneous obituaries and documents related to his 1933 death. A final album shows the Drucker's 1935 holiday; 40-50 vintage photos of the family in Germanyl; and approximately 150 later snapshots showing Peter with his partner at their Los Angeles home and on a trip to Germany.
This complete archive demonstrates the complete naturalization process as immigrants came to the United States on the eve of World War II.
All material measures approximately from 7.62 x 10.16 cm to 21.5 x 27.94 cm (3 x 4 in to 8-1/2 x 11 in)