Weissenberg-Köppell family photographs

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2000.619.1
Level of Description
  • English
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Biographical History

Judith Köppel (now Steel) was the daughter of Josef Köppel and Irmgard Weissenberg Köppel. She was born in 1938 in Berlin, Germany, where her father was a fur dealer and her mother was a milliner. When she was just 14 months old, Judith sailed along with her parents and grandfather, Jakob Köppel, on the MS St. Louis for Cuba. After the ship was forced to return to Europe, the family was sent to France and rented an apartment in the home of Joseph and Eliette Carapezzi Enard in Nay, a small town in southern France. Judith became friendly with the landlord's daughter, Suzy, and Eliette whom she affectionately referred to as "Maman Suzy." One day in 1942, French gendarmes arrived at the home, arrested the Köppels, and sent them to Gurs concentration camp. Jakob, who was sickly and confined to bed, remained behind. After three weeks, Josef and Irmgard said goodbye to Judith, and the Œuvre de secours aux enfants (OSE) brought her out of the camp.

Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Judith Koeppel Steel

Funding Note: The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Judith Steel donated the Weissenberg-Koppel family photograph collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000.

Scope and Content

The Weissenberg-Köppel family photograph collection consists of 26 photographs relating to Weissenberg family, and the Köppel family's journey on board the MS St. Louis, their time spent in France after the journey, and during the time period of the Holocaust.

System of Arrangement

The Weissenberg-Köppel family photograph collection is arranged in a single series.


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