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Lang Family Liberation, Requisitions, and Restitution

Gilya Gerda Schmidt

in Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243297.003.0009

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension (FUP)

Lang Family Liberation, Requisitions, and Restitution

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Even before Hugo Lang was liberated as a German POW, his sister Ruth was already liberated in Poland. Gradually their cousins Siegfried and Kurt, sons of Louis Lang, also returned. All other family members were murdered. Assisted by the Military Government, Kurt became the procurer for the small remnant, reclaiming personal belongings from local families and ordering new furniture from local businesses. The surviving Lang cousins spent time with other survivors, took in other homeless Jews, and actively pursued their dream – emigration to the United States. Waiting for affidavits from their relatives, they lived their lives as best as they could, all the while seeking restitution for the property stolen from them after deportation. In 1946 their dream came true, and they were able to leave Germany for good. None of the three ever returned, starting a new life in the United States instead

Keywords: Liberation; requisitions; restitution; affidavits; emigration

Chapter.  15455 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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