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Hollander, Paul (b 1908): personal papers


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 963

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Hollander, Paul (b 1908): personal papers

Date(s): 1939-1944

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Hollander | Paul | b 1908 | journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Paul Hollander was born in Cologne in 1908. After leaving school he decided to work abroad to improve his language skills. He spent time in London, Rotterdam and France where in 1938 he stumbled into a career in journalism.

At the outbreak of war he volunteered for the French forces but as a German he was immediately interned. His only alternative was to volunteer for the French Foreign Legion where he served for a little under a year as engagé volontaire pour la durée de la guerre. After which time he spent the next two and a half years in various camps including Kenadsa. In the Spring of 1943 he managed to bluff his way out of the camp and arrived in Algiers where he joined the British Alien Company.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Paul Hollander relating to internment camps, 1939-1944, notably including a report on cases of murder at the penitentiary camp of Hadjerat m'Guil where 9 people were murdered, including details of the camp officers; statements by Oliver von Schneditz, Joseph Breuer, Gerard and Kurt Huschak to the director of Kanadja; report on the attitude of leading coal mine personnel; copy of a report on a visit to the French internment camps of Colomb Behar, Kenadja (Algeria) and Bour-Arfa (French Maroc) with a list of men in charge of the camps and remarks on their personality and statistics on internees from French internment camp in North Africa who enlisted in the British Pioneer Corps.


Language/scripts of material: French and English

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


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Immediate source of acquisition:

Paul Hollander


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2007

Coal mining | Mining
Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Internment camps | Humanitarian law
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Hollander | Paul | b 1908 | journalist

Corporate names
British Pioneer Corps

Algeria | North Africa