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Alicia Doiny

Image of Doiny family in Mannheim, Gernany

Alicia Doiny (age 12) came as a child refugee from Mannheim, Germany in 1937 and was met by Abraham and Carolyn Wolfstein Levin family of Franklin, Michigan. They embraced Alicia as a family member and as a sister for their daughter Nancy (age 10) and assisted in bringing Alicia's parents, Herman and Gretel, and her sister Meta, from Germany in December 1938. Herman, who had been arrested during Kristallnacht and imprisoned in Dachau, arrived still shaken from the experience. The Levins secured an apartment in Detroit for the Doinys and found work for Herman. Alicia attended Durfee School and Detroit Central High (1943) and went on to Detroit City College (Wayne State University).

Information from Alice Doiny Shlevin, Nancy Levin Edelstein, Judy Levin Cantor, Elinor Brecher, "Reunion to honor rescue of young Jews," Miami Herald (August 13, 2001)

Doiny family in Mannheim, Gernany
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Alicia Doiny is lying in the front, center. Image of German-Jewish children on the S.S. France, September 1937
  German-Jewish children on the S.S. France, September 1937.
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Image of Alicia Doiny posing for her selection photo in 1937  
Alicia Doiny posing for her selection photo in 1937
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Image of The Wolfstein Levins Abraham and Carolyn (Wolfstein) Levin "Aunt Curly" who would select Alicia from a photo to live with them and their daughter Nancy in Franklin, Michigan.
The Wolfstein Levins
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Sisters Alicia Doiny (right) and Nancy Levin, May, 1938 Image of Alicia Doiny and Nancy Levin
  Alicia Doiny and Nancy Levin
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