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Herbert Carl Kann, Austrian Jewish Migrant & Electrical Engineer, 1940

Box Containing Pencil Ends

Image: Box Containing Pencil Ends

Source: Museum Victoria

Herbert Carl Kann was an Austrian Jew who trained as an electrical engineer and draftsman. He fled Austria in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution and obtained a temporary visa for the Straits Settlements in Singapore. With the outbreak of war, Herbert and hundreds of other Austrian and German Jews were interned as 'enemy aliens' and shipped to Australia. They were sent on sealed trains to an internment camp at Tatura, in New South Wales. After 17 months he was released and began work as an electrical engineer.

It is not clear from the information available at the time his objects were donated to the Museum when Herbert married his wife Marion, or Marion's background in general. Herbert settled in Melbourne with Marion and they lived there for the rest of their lives. The objects donated to the Museum are believed to have been brought to Australia from Austria by Herbert and / or used by Marion / Herbert in their home. After their deaths a neighbour offered their house contents to the Museum. Their house was filled with objects, some kept in tiny packages for safe-keeping.

Two prayer books that also belonged to Herbert were donated to the Jewish Museum; some of his books were donated to Monash University.

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  • References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1936-1943 Document

    References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1936-1943

    Two references on one foolscap sheet both for Mr Herbert Kann. The first relates to Kann's employment with 'Holstatia' Nursery near Vienna from 15 August 1932 to 31 March 1936, and stat ...

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  • References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1938-1940 Document

    References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1938-1940

    Two references on one foolscap sheet both for Mr Herbert Kann. The first relates to Kann's employment with 'Holstatia' Nursery near Vienna from the General Mining and Agency Company Lt ...

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  • References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1932-1936 Document

    References - Mr. Herbert Kann, 1932-1936

    Two references on one foolscap sheet both for Mr Herbert Kann. The first relates to Kann's employment with Austrian Brown Boveri Works Company from 18 July 1932 to 12 August 1932. The s ...

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  • Resume - Herbert Kann, Education & Employment, circa 1946 Document

    Resume - Herbert Kann, Education & Employment, circa 1946

    List of education, including examinations, work experience and employment completed by Herbert Kann. Herbert was living and working in Singapore with his parents when he was detained as ...

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  • Resume - Herbert Kann, Education & Employment, circa 1946 Document

    Resume - Herbert Kann, Education & Employment, circa 1946

    List of education, including examinations, work experience and employment completed by Herbert Kann. Herbert was living and working in Singapore with his parents when he was detained as ...

    Images: 1
  • Job Application - Herbert Kann, circa 1946 Document

    Job Application - Herbert Kann, circa 1946

    Generic job application for Herbert Kann, typed on a foolscap sheet. It provides an outline of his academic and employment history. Herbert was living and working in Singapore with his ...

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  • Job Application - Herbert Kann, circa 1946 Document

    Job Application - Herbert Kann, circa 1946

    Generic job application for Herbert Kann, typed on a foolscap sheet. It provides an outline of his academic and employment history. Herbert was living and working in Singapore with his ...

    Images: 1
  • Resume - Herbert Kann, University Subjects, circa 1946 Document

    Resume - Herbert Kann, University Subjects, circa 1946

    List of subjects completed by Herbert Kann at the Technical University of Vienna, probably created by him as part of a resume. Herbert was living and working in Singapore with his paren ...

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