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Flori Loew papers

Identifier: umja0038

Scope and Content

This collection consists of personal papers dating between 1876 and 1973, with the bulk of materials from the 1940s to 1950s. The majority of the materials are correspondence -- nearly all in German, written between family members. Other materials include identification cards, photographs, postcards, telegrams, photo albums, address books, certificates, and tickets. A book, Israelitisch Gebetordnung, is also included. Note that the spelling of Flori's name changes -- it is at times Flori, Florie, and Flory. A comprehensive extended family history, written by family member Gustav D. Frank in 1979, contains valuable family information.


  • Creation: 1876-1973


Use of Materials

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

Flori Loew, nee Goldschmidt, was born July 13, 1904 in Munich, Germany. Her husband, Julius Loew, was born to Moritz Loew and Fanny Marx in 1896 in Altenstadt, Upper Bavaria, and ran a business in Munich. Due to Nazi persecution, Julius and Flori fled Germany in 1938 -- first to Italy, where they were married, and then in 1939 entered into England, their passports stamped "refugee from Nazi oppression." Eventually after World War II they immigrated to the United States and resided in Minneapolis. Julius's large German Jewish family fared different fates during the war -- one of his brothers survived a brief stint in Dachau before fleeing to England, other family fled to Johannesburg, Yugoslavia, and Israel. Julius's sister Babette, step mother Mina, half-sister Frieda, and other extended family died at Auschwitz. Julius passed away in 1964 in Minneapolis, and Flori passed in 1988.


1.15 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box)

Language of Materials




This collection consists of Flori Loew's personal papers during her flight from Germany under Nazi persecution, traveling to Italy and England before settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upepr Midwest in 2003 by Joan Klein Fishman.

Flori Loew papers, 1876-1973
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
June 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

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