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Steiner, Elise: family correspondence


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1146

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Steiner, Elise: family correspondence

Date(s): 1938-1947

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 4 files

Name of creator(s): Steiner | Elise | c1921-


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Vienna born Austrian Jewess, Elise Steiner emigrated to Great Britain on 26 November 1938, where she attended school in Southampton. Her parents and her younger brother Leo, were transported to Kovno on 23 November 1941, where they died 6 days later, probably part of the action which took place in the ghetto on that date in which 10,000 inhabitants were murdered.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence of Elise Steiner and other family papers, 1938-1940. The collection documents the day to day activities, hopes and aspirations of a Jewish family in Vienna on subjects including gratitude that at least one child was able to escape and moreover to continue with her education; efforts to find a place on the Kindertransport for Leo Steiner; news of the fate of other family members who had managed to emigrate to various countries and the takeover of the family business. Despite the increasing difficulties of life in Vienna exemplified by the occasional suicide of friends and the growing fear of being out on the streets, there is a sense that life has to go on. Mention is made of the celebration of Jewish festivals and of training for new occupations. Whilst the prospect of emigration recedes, the family continues to make preparations for a future departure by selling off possessions and studying English.

There are descriptive summaries of all the letters (in German). Other papers comprise a typescript copy of the family tree, a copy of typescript notes on Steiner family history and a copy of a photograph.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

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



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Elise Steiner


Existence and location of originals:

Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstandes, Vienna, Austria

Related material:

Publication note:


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: January 2008

Cultural activities | Cultural action
Emigration | Migration
Holocaust | Genocide | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Jews | Religious groups
Refugees | Migrants
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Steiner | Elise | c1921-

Corporate names

Austria | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Southampton | Hampshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe