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Eve Wertheimer Gerstle Collection

Identifier: MS-0575

Scope and Contents

The Eve Wertheimer Gerstle Collection consists of Gerstle's personal papers and documents regarding Eve Wertheimer Gerstle's life before and after World War II and includes correspondence, newsletters, photographs and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1920 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Eve Wertheimer Gerstle was born in 1914 in Peine, a town near Hanover Germany. In 1928 her family moved to Wiesbaden. Trained as seamstress, she was married to Ari Zwick in 1935. After Kristallknacht she endured forced labor and was deported to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. She suffered Auschwitz and Stutthof and survived by luck and nerve. Her parents and husband did not. She met her future husband, American soldier Julius Gerstle, while still in Europe and then was able to come to the United States, where she raised a family in Brooklyn, eventually moving to San Diego. Here she was very active in the New Life Club and Holocaust memorials, spoke in schools and other places about her Holocaust experiences, and organized and participated in many other Holocaust related programs.


.84 Linear Feet (Two Hollinger boxes)

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Custodial History

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego by Sue Page, daughter of Eve Wertheimer Gerstle (JHSSD #2017.07). The collection consists of three scrapbooks containing artifacts from the Holocaust and photos, documents and memorabilia from Gerstle's participation in Holocaust commemorations and events. It was transferred to Special Collections & University Archives in February, 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in February 2020.


February 2020

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David, Ruth, Jordan & Joshua Jacobson in memory of Ruth D. Jacobson & Carol Sue Jacobson, Thelma & Alfred Menaker; Deborah Horwitz & Paul Nierman; Marilyn Smith Tom; Sue Page in memory of her mother Eve Gerstle; Al Kohn in memory of Fern Kohn; Brent & Jill Smith in honor of Marilyn Tom; Stan and Laurel Schwartz in memory of Estelle Dunst; Maynard Switzer, Eric Switzer & Linda Switzer Rotstein in memory of their mother Florence Gibbs Switzer; Gerri Brech; James & Estelle Milch Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation; and the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in memory of Matthew Singer Abrams

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US