Eisenmann Family Papers / Record Group 181

Title Eisenmann Family Papers

Dates 1941–2008

Accession Number RG-181

Extent 0.2 linear foot (2 boxes)

Provenance Barry White

Biographical Note

Lina Eisenmann (née Binswanger) was born May 19, 1889 in Augsburg, Germany. She was married to Dr. Sigmund Eisenmann, a veterinarian. The couple had one daughter, Kathe Underwood (néeEisemann; b. February 9,1909) who they raised in Augsburg. In 1937, Sigmund passed away. 

Kathe was married to Dr. Lucas Underwood (b. Ludwig Unterholzner), a conductor, musician, and musical theorist. As a Catholic, Lucas was given the ultimatum by the Third Reich to either leave his Jewish wife, or give up his musical career in Germany. Theyattempted to gain passage for Kathe's mother as well, but their request was denied. Without Lina, the couple moved to California where Lucas was eventually able to gain a position as a Professor of Opera at the University of the Pacific. Kathe passed away in Stocke, California in August 2008.

Still in Germany, Lina attempted to flee in the early forties with the assistance of her American cousin, Sam Binswanger. Binswanger was the grandson of the founder of Binswanger Glass, a Richmond based glass company founded in 1872. Lina was unable to gain passage to the States, and was deported to Auschwitz in March 1942. She perished in the camp in 1943.

Restriction on Access No restriction    Restriction on Use No restriction    Language English and German

Preferred Citation Virginia Holocaust Museum, Record Group 181, Eisenmann Family Papers, [Container #, Folder #].

Scope and Content

The Eisenmann Family Papers contain biographical materials, and a letter. Biographical materials includes two Yad Vashem database records for Lina Eisenmann. One was compiled by a researcher, the other was created by Kathe Underwood. Biographical materials also include Kathe Underwood's obituary written for the Augsburg Alemeine. The letter included in the Record Group was written by Lina Eisenmann to her  cousin, Sam Binswanger. It discusses a failed attempt to get Lina out of Germany and presents potential options for her future passage out of the country.


Box Folder Contents
1 1 Biographical materials
1 2 Letter information
2 N/A Letter and evelope

Indexing Terms

  • Binswanger Glass
  • Ausburg, Germany
  • Richmond, Virgini, United States
  • Auschwitz (concentration camp)