Scope and Content
Title: Fairbrook (Lotte Cohn) Memoirs,
Date (inclusive): 1898-1938
Collection number: Mss177
Lotte Cohn Fairbrook
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Fairbrook (Lotte Cohn) Memoirs, Mss177, Holt-Atherton
Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Fairbrook, Lotte Cohn (1898-1996)
Cohn, Johanna Magnus
Jewish bankers -Germany
Jewish women -Germany
Jewish youth -Germany
Jews -Persecutions -Gemany
Lotte Cohn Fairbrook (1898-1996) was the daughter of a well-to-do banker in Hamburg,
Germany. She attended Gertrud Baumer's Women's School of Social Work in that city. In
1920 Lotte Cohn married Alvin Schoenbach, a banker of Hildesheim, Hanover. The
Schoenbachs had four children (1922-29), Erika, George, Paul and Helmut. In 1924 they
moved to Berlin. There Alvin Schoenbach collected miniature paintings. With the rise of
anti-Semitism in Germany, the Schoenbachs resolved to emigrate to Palestine. The sale of
one of Schoenbach's miniatures financed their trip and they arrived in Tel Aviv in 1933.
The parents found that Palestine's climate and social conditions were not to their
liking, however, and they soon planned to emigrate to America. During this period, Alvin
began collecting postage stamps and the sale of a portion of his collection helped
finance their perilous trip to America via Yugoslavia (1938). After their arrival in the
United States, the Schoenbachs translated their German name as "Fairbrook." Alvin
Fairbrook continued in the stamp collecting business in New York City. He died in 1962.
Mrs. Fairbrook remained in New York until 1982, when she moved to Stockton (Calif.) to be
near her sons, George, a computer programmer with Atkinson Computer, and, Paul, Director
of Auxiliary Services at the University of the Pacific and, later, Commissioner of the
Port of Stockton (Calif.).
Scope and Content
The Lotte Fairbrook Memoirs describe Mrs. Fairbrook's life from its beginnings in
Hamburg, Germany (1898) through her emigration to Palestine (1933) and then to the United