Wilhelm Fuchs papers

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2019.583.1
1 Jan 1941 - 31 Dec 1943
Level of Description
  • English
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium




Biographical History

Wilhelm Fuchs (later William, 1865-1949) was born on January 10, 1865 in Weingarten, Germany to Maier (1838-1911) and Eva (née Praeger, 1833-1878) Fuchs and had three siblings: Sarah (b. 1863), Babette (1866-1950), and Nanette (b. 1868). Wilhelm lived in Weingarten and owned a clothing store. In 1894 he married Katchen Bruchfeld (1871-1946, born in Crumstadt, Germany) and they had four children: Ludwig (later Louis, 1897-1995), Sol (later Sally Fox, 1896-1974), Hilda (later Noher), and Hedwig (1898-1932, later Kahn). In 1939, the Fuchs family moved to Darmstadt, Germany. Louis, Sol, and their wives immigrated to the United States in December 1939 via Cuba. In 1941, Wilhelm and Katchen left Germany arriving in Cuba in November 1941. After fourteen months in Havana, they immigrated to the United States in January 1943, where they settled in Chicago with Louis and his wife, Sidy (born Sidonia, 1905). Eventually, Sol, his wife Alice (1912-2001), and son Warner (last name Fox, 1935-1992), settled in Chicago, along with Hilda and her husband Ernst Noher. On April 19, 1943, Hedwig’s son Walter (b. 1922) was transported from Schönefeld, Germany to Auschwitz III (Buna-Monowitz). Later the same month, he was transferred to Birkenau. Hedwig’s daughter Ruth (b. 1924) survived the war by hiding in France. After the war, Ruth moved to the United States, married Herbert Stern, and had two children: Mark and Leo.

Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leslie Kahn and the Kahn Family.

Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Leslie Kahn and the Kahn Family in 2019.

Scope and Content

The Wilhelm Fuchs papers include a Reisepass (German passport), alien registration card, and part of a United States visa application for Wilhelm Fuchs, who immigrated from Germany with his wife, Katchen, in June 1941, via Havana, Cuba.

System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged as one folder.



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