Irena Urdang deTour Collection of Holocaust Materials
2006.0172

Summary Information

Repository
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
Creator
deTour, Irena Urdang
Title
Irena Urdang deTour Collection of Holocaust Materials
ID
2006.0172
Date [inclusive]
undated, 1975-2013
Extent
9.5 Linear feet
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
The collection contains a few personal materials pertaining to her experiences as well as publications, newsletters, invitations and other documents from Holocaust survivor and support organizations in the United States collected by Mrs. DeTour.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Irena Urdang DeTour Collection of Holocaust Materials. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Biography

Irena Urdang de Tour was born in  Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of  Seweryn Ehrlich vel Sluszny and Felicja (Lubelczyk) Ehrlich. In November 1940, she was confined, with her parents and sister Danuta, to the Warsaw Ghetto where she worked in an Electropol factory. She escaped the ghetto to the Christian section of Warsaw in March 1943, where she acquired false documents and worked as a maid. In September 1944 she joined the underground, building barricades, organizing shelters, and working for the Red Cross. Following the suppression of the uprising, she was sent to a slave labor camp in Berlin with her aunt who also possessed false documents. There she worked in the Schwartzkopf factory manufactoring war material. At the end of the war de Tour walked to Warsaw to search for family members. Her father had died in the Warsaw uprising, and she and her mother and sister were placed in the Bindermichl Displaced Persons Camp in  Linz, Austria, where she worked for the  United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration as an interpreter and secretary. In July 1946 the family left for New York City. De Tour was employed as a bookkeeper, secretary, buyer, and was a fiction and feature editor for  Town and Country,  Gourmet, and the  Paris Review. In 1952 she married Laurence Urdang, a lexicographer; they had two daughters, Alexandra and Nicole. She received her B.A. from  Hunter College in 1956. A writer and poet, de Tour also ran an antiques business for many years and was involved in a number of charitable organizations, including CARE.

Biographical information posted by the Jewish Women's Archive [accessed 6/8/2011].

Additional de Tour materials can be found at the Museum of Jewish Heritage; Jewish Women's Archive; and Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, among others.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains publications, announcements, conference materials, invitations, book reviews, obituaries and other items collected by Mrs. DeTour.

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Arrangement

Series I: Biography ( undated)

Series II: People ( undated, 1991-2007)

Series III: Subjects ( undated, 1981-2009)

Series IV: Organizations (Publications, calendars, correspondence) ( undated, 1991-2009)

Series V: Conferences and Remembrances ( 1995-2009)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries November 2009, February 2014

University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205
860.486.2524
archives@uconn.edu

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

Acquisition Information

The materials in the collection have been donated periodically by Mrs. DeTour beginning in 2006.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to various aspects of Connecticut history. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Blood Lines Dodd A6802

Warsaw Ghetto Dodd

The Last Word Dodd

Hitler Dodd

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Notes
  • Obituaries
  • Photocopies
  • Press releases
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • deTour, Irena Urdang

Subject(s)

  • Holocaust survivors

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Biographical Materials, undated 

Box
1
Box

Biography (portions from original located at Hunter College, photocopy), undated 

1

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Series II: People, undated, 1991-2007 

Box
1
Box

Anger, Per, 2002 

1

Bell, Daniella, undated, 1999-2006 

Bukety, Melvin, 2005 

Fisher, Regine, 1995 

Hackel, Shirley, 2000 

Hruza, Judita, 1996-1999 

[Irena's friends from Displaced Persons conference], 1993-2006 

Korczak, Janus, undated, 1993 

Metcalf, Linda T., 1991 

Piatka, Naava, 1996-1999 

Rinkel, Elfriede, 2006 

Strochlitz, Sigmund, 2006-2007 

Wiesenthal, Simon, 2005 

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Series III: Subjects, undated, 1981-2009 

Box
1
Box

Auschwitz (and other) camp, 2008 

1

Books, resources and clippings, undated, 1997-2009 

Boston Area Holocaust Matters, undated 

Children of Survivors, 2008 

Confiscated Art, 2008 

Events, 2007-2008 

Holocaust Resources, 2007-2008 

Home Care for Survivors, 2008 

Irena's Vow, 2008 

Memorials, undated, 2007-2008 

Movies, 2008-2009 

Obituaries, 2006-2009 

Box

Periodicals and Pamphlets, 1992-2009 

4

Poland, 1981-1994 

1

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 1995-2000 

Restitution - Hardship Fund Claims, 1999-2008 

Rosa - Hartford Stage, 2008 

Shiron, undated 

Shoah Memorials, 2006 

Survivor Stories, 2007-2009 

Undying Love 2000-2004 

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Series IV: Organizations (publications, calendars, correspondence), undated, 1991-2009 

Box

All Generations, 2006 

1

American Jewish Historical Society, 2004-2009 

1

American Society for Yad Vashem, undated 

1

Anti-Defamation League, 2005-2008 

1

Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, 2000-2002 

1

Blue Card, 2008 

1

Chabad Educational Institute, 1991 

1

Chabad of Southampton Jewish Center, 2007-2008 

1

Chabad's Children Chernobyl, undated 

1

Children's Village of Jerusalem, 2002-2009 

1

Chmol, 2003-2004 

1

Facing History in Ourselves, 1996-1999 

1

Federation of Polish Jews, 2006-2007 

1

Fortunoff Video Archives (Yale), 1992 

1

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, 2002 

1

General Israel Orphan's Home for Girls, 2002-2003 

1

Hatikva Museum, 1999-2006 

1

Irena's Vow, 2008 

2

Hidden Child Foundation, 1997-2009 

2

Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, 2007-2009 

2

Holocaust Resource Center & Archives (CUNY-QCC), undated, 2002 

2

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, 2008 

2

Janus Koczak Society of America, 1992-1995 

2

Jewish foundation for the Righteous, 2003-2009 

2

Jewish War Veterans of the USA, 2003-2004 

2

Kinder Transport Association, 1996 

2

Moshe Rynecki Virtual Museum, 2007 

2

Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1998-2009 

2

National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors--NAHOS, 1999-2007 

2

National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors--NAHOS--Slave Labor, 2003 

2

National Yiddish Book Center, 2007-2009 

2

New Haven Memorial of Memory and Legacy, 2008 

2

Ohr Torah Stone, undated 

2

ORT America, 2008 

2

Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the US, 2007-2009 

2

Schoen Books, 1997-2007 

2

Shoah Visual History Foundation, 1994-2000 

2

Simon Wiesenthal Center, undated 

2

Together 2001-2009 

2

US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1989-2009 

2

Wallenberg Foundation, 2003 

3

Whole Megillah 2007 

3

World Jewish Congress, 2001-2007 

3

Yivo Institute, 2001-2009 

3

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Series V: Conferences and Remembrances, 1995-2009 

Box

50 Years...of Life after the Holocaust, 1995 

3

Child Survivors of the Holocaust, 2001, 2006 

3

International Child Survivors and Second Generation Conference, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009 

3

International Day of Commemoration, 2006 

3

Life Reborn, Jewish Displaced Persons Conference, 2000 

3

Living the Legacy (Descendents of the Shoah), Chicago, 2002 

3

National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors -- NAHOS, 1996 

3

Tribute to Holocaust Survivors, 2003 

3

Map of Lwov, undated 

4

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Series VI: 2010-2011 Additions 2010-2011 

Scope and Contents note

Publications, invitations, clippings and notes related to Hidden child and Holocaust focused organizations.

Box
5

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Series VII: 2012 Additions, 1975-2012 

Box

Holocaust, hidden child, second generation related publications, articles, clippings and memorabilia, correspondence, notes, publications, reviews, 2007-2012 

6

Holocaust, hidden child, second generation related publications, articles, clippings and memorabilia, correspondence, notes, publications, reviews, 2006-2012 

7

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Series VII: 2013 Additions, 2009-2013 

Box

Clippings, correspondence, newspapers, publications , 2009-2013 

8

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Series VIII: 2014 Additions 1950-2013 

Box

Clippings, Ephemera, Fliers, Notes, Photographs, Postcards, Publications, 1946-2013 

Language of Materials

English

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects Include: various notes containing phone numbers and miscelaneous information, fliers and pamphlets from an exibit called Visas for Life honoring diplomats who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, letter from a Holocaust survivor expressing thoughts on the work "Castles Burning," various fliers and pamphlets from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and other Jewish Advocacy Organizations such as AJC and MAZON, pamphlets and calendars from the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, a photocopy of a book from a National Jewish Book Award-Winning Author called Jacob's Oath, various newsclippings and issues pertaining to YIVO and other Jewish organizations and events, magazine clippings of stories told by Holocaust survivors, vaious correspondence to Irena Urdang de Tour, photographs of a holocaust survivor and family members.]

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