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Hess, Eleanor (1923-1999): Family papers


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1571

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Hess, Eleanor (1923-1999): Family papers

Date(s): 1872-1990s

Level of description: collection

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Hess | Eleanor | 1923-1999


Administrative/Biographical history:

Eleanor Hess was born in Munich on 20 December 1923 into a middle class Jewish family. Her father, Julius, was a cavalry officer in the First World War. He died in 1932. Eleanor came to Great Britain with her mother, Trude, in 1939. Her brother, Herbert, emigrated to Brazil where he spent the rest of his life. For a brief period Eleanor went to live with her brother in the early 1950s. She died in London c1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Eleanor Hess, 1872-1990s, document the life of a German Jewish refugee to Great Britain, and, in part, the lives of family members. The papers include emigration and citizenship papers of her grandfather Emil, c1870s; certificates and First World War army records of Julius, her father and correspondence from Eleanor and her brother, Herbert, in Brazil, to their mother, c1950s. The collection includes 2 boxes of family photographs. In addition there is an unpublished memoir of Eleanor, which describes the life of a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany and the experience of emigration to a foreign land.


Language/scripts of material: English and German

System of arrangement:

Chronological by subject matter.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

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



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Nabarro, Nathanson, Solicitors.



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: March 2008

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Emigration | Migration
German history | European history | National history
Jews | Religious groups
Nationality | Public law
Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
Refugees | Migrants
War | International conflicts
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Hess | Eleanor | 1923-1999

Corporate names