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Hugo and Gretel Klein: correspondence


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 953

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Hugo and Gretel Klein: correspondence

Date(s): 1942

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Klein | Hugo | fl 1942 Klein | Gretel | fl 1942


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Hugo and Gretel Klein, 1942, comprise translations and copies of the last letters written by Hugo and Gretel Klein of Bad Neustadt, to their children, who they sent to the USA for safety during World War Two.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in original order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

This collection comprises the literal translation of letters written in old German Gothic script by the parents of Kay Fyne and her brothers and sister. The letters were left with non-Jewish neighbours and friends of the parents and were only discovered in the early 1950s by Kay's brother, Bob (Bertyl), who was an officer in the US army stationed in Germany. At the time he wanted to visit the small town of Neustadt in Bavaria, where the family lived before the outbreak of World War Two.

The letters eventually came into the possession of Kay's nephew who was able to make copies of the originals and distributed them amongst her brothers and sister. Kay's brother-in-law, Kurt Klein, who lives in Seattle, Washington, managed to decypher a lot of the script, which Kay has used to help in her own interpretation of how she felt her parents would wish to express themselves. She has, however, tried to keep as near as possible to the actual written style. A lot of the references and names in the letters refer to members of both her father's and mother's families and their friends and neighbours.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the family in 1993.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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: March 2008

Jews | Religious groups
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Klein | Gretel | fl 1942
Klein | Hugo | fl 1942

Corporate names

Germany | Western Europe | Europe