Schuckman, Walter (Walther)
Walter (also spelled Walther) Schuckman was a German Holocaust survivor that is associated with the Loeb family. He was involved in WWII in Holland. During the war, Walter took on a false identity to protect himself, and kept up the ruse for years. He was imprisoned by Nazi guards and spent six weeks in solitary confinement before being released due to intervention by relatives. Walter divorced his wife sometime between 1939 and 1945 because she had a child with another man. He moved to London after the war, received degrees in German as well as several other languages, and worked as a teacher and tutor for language. Corresponence between Walter and the Loeb family gives us Walter's firsthand accounts of the Holocaust and WWII.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box: B407.01.0001
Abstract Box contains documents, letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to the Loeb family.
Dates: circa 1890-1987
Abstract This letter is addressed to Franz (Frank) Loeb, from Amsterdam on November 14th, 1938 from Walter (Schuckman). This is four days after Kristallnacht occured. In the letter, Walter is relaying information about the Loeb family to Frank, who had immigrated to the United States months earlier. Walter tells Frank that the newspaper stories about Germany are not exaggerating, and don't tell the whole awful truth. Walter says, "I am ashamed to at least nominally belong to such a nation." He goes on...
Dates: November 14, 1938
Abstract Collection contains family documents and material objects related to the Loeb Family. Many of these items relate directly to the Holocaust and WWII. Important items include German passports and IDs, documents relating firsthand accounts of WWII and the Holocaust, photographs from before, during, and after the war, including photographs of Ernest Loeb as a US soldier in Germany, Ernest Loeb's Bronze Star Medal, scrapbooks, early German school report cards, and Jewish books of scripture.