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Gerda Haas papers

Identifier: MC083

Scope and Content Note

The Gerda Haas papers contains materials relating to the September and October 1982 Holocaust conference and state outreach program she organized. Some of Gerda Haas's published materials are also included as well as materials relating to the writing and publication of her book These I Do Remember: Fragments from the Holocaust.


  • 1973-1991, undated


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

Gerda Haas served as a librarian at Bates College from 1972 to 1984. She was born on November 23, 1922 in Ansbach, Germany to a Jewish family. At the age of 21 she was sent to Ghetto Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp. She survived the horrors of the camp and, in 1946, she immigrated to the United States and eventually became a citizen. In 1969, she enrolled at Bates College and graduated two years later in 1971, summa cum laude. While working as an assistant catalog librarian at Bates, she received her MLS from the University of Maine, Orono in 1974. She also worked as a part-time German instructor at the University of Maine, Portland from 1971 to 1973. From 1977 to 1982 Gerda Haas worked on and published These I Do Remember: Fragments from the Holocaust. The book chronicles the lives of nine victims, including herself, of the Nazi Holocaust. She also has written many book reviews and articles for various publications. In 1982, Gerda Haas received a grant to organize a conference and a state-wide outreach program focused on the Holocaust. It occurred at Bates College and locations around Maine in September and October 1982.


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Language of Materials



The collection contains organizational and creative materials of Gerda Haas, a Holocaust survivor and Bates College librarian. These materials show the process that Haas went through in both writing and researching her projects. The majority of the material deals either with research for her book These I Do Remember: Fragments from the Holocaust or administrative details in organizing a state-wide conference about the Holocaust in Maine.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series: I. Holocaust conference materials; II. Published materials; III. These I Do Remember materials.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Gerda Haas. Accession No.: xx-065.

Processing Information

Processed by Peter Marsters, 2008.

Guide to the Gerda Haas papers, 1973-1991, n.d.
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Peter Marsters
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Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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