Guide to Benjamin Braun papers

Summary Information

Tauber Holocaust Library
Braun, Benjamin
Benjamin Braun papers
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Folder(s)
Mixed materials [Folder]
Archives Box 4
The collection is comprised of a Reisepass (passport) and Arbeitsbuch (employment record) belonging to Benjamin Braun, an Austrian Jew who emigrated to the United States in 1941.

Preferred Citation note

Benjamin Braun papers - 1988.1123, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

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Absent supporting biographical material, this biography is drawn from the documents themselves.

Benjamin Braun was born in Podwoloczyska, Poland on June 11, 1894. At the time of the issuance of these documents, he was living in Vienna, Austria. His occupation is listed in the passport as Privater.

In March 1938, Germany annexed Austria (the Anschluss). When Austria became part of Greater Germany, its citizens became subject to laws existing in Nazi Germany. Austrian Jews were therefore subject to all of Nazi Germany’s racial laws, and suffered deprivation of rights, persecution and confiscation of property. Vast numbers of Austrian Jews like Benjamin Braun sought to emigrate. Mr. Braun left Vienna in May 1941, and arrived in Ellis Island, New York on July 29, 1941, after transit through Spain and Portugal.

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Collection Scope and Content summary

The collection is comprised of two identification documents issued by the Nazi government of Austria in 1940. The passport and Arbeitsbuch reflect the Nazi government practice of requiring Jewish men to take the legal name of Israel. Thus, both documents are issued to Benjamin Israel Braun. The passport is also stamped with a red “J.”

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Tauber Holocaust Library

JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
[email protected]


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

The Tauber Holocaust Library has several collections relating to Austrian Jews who left their country after the Anschluss. Consult archivist for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Passports

Geographic Name(s)

  • Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.)
  • Portugal -- Emigration and immigration
  • Spain -- Emigration and immigration
  • United States -- Emigration and immigration


  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Immigrants -- United States
  • Jews -- Migrations
  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

Benjamin Braun Reisepass (passport) 1940-1941 

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Benjamin Braun Arbeitsbuch 1938-1940 

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