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ADLER, H G (1910-1988)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP147
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: ADLER, H G (1910-1988)
Date(s): 1807-1997
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 21 boxes or 0.21 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Adler | Hans Günther | 1910-1988 | author of Holocaust literature


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Prague, 1910; PhD, Charles University, 1935; sent to do forced labour 1941-1942; Theresienstadt concentration camp, 1942-1944; Auschwitz concentration camp, 1944-1945; emigrated to London, 1947; wrote and published novels, poetry and a number of important works on the Holocaust; died 1988. Publications:
Theresienstadt (1955)
Der verwaltete Mensch (1974)
Die Freiheit des Menschen (1976)
Eine Reise (1962, second edition 1999)
Panorama (1968)


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of H G Adler 1807-1997, including photocopies of Adler's correspondence, 1947-1987, including with Hermann Broch and Heinrich Böll. Notebooks containing manuscript poems, 1924 and nd; photograph of Adler in old age. File entitled 'Theresienstadt private erinnerungen' containing items from Theresienstadt including drafts of poems, sketches, and notes to his first wife. Unpublished typescript copy of Leo Baeck's Die Entwick lung der Rechtsstekkung der Juden in Europe, vornehmlich in Deutschland, vom Beginn der Neuzeit bis in das XIX. Jahrhundert, (c 1942-1943). Corrected original typescript copy of Adler's Theresienstadt [1948], (beleived to be the second or third carbon copy). Typescript copies of Adler's Schuldig und Unshuldig, 1954-1967, Die Anseidlung dargestellt als Roman,Die Prüfung and England: Eindrück Eines Ahnungslosen. Typescript copy of articles by Adler including 'Gerdenken an Prag', 1981, and 'Die Protokolle der weisen von zion.' Photocopies of typescript books and articles by Adler, notably Der Mechanische Materialismus, Raoul Feuerstein and Die Orthodoxie des Herzens. Typescript poems by Adler, 1927-1988. Manuscript sheet music by Viktor Ullmann 'Der Mensch und sein Tag', based on poems by Adler. Tapes, including of an obituary of Adler broadcast on the BBC Czech Service, 1988. Complete collection of the first editions of the 24 works of Adler, four of which have extended presentation inscriptions by the author; periodical offprints by Adler and contributions by Adler to anthologies and books edited and translated by Adler. Printed photocopies of the statements made in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, bound in 6 volumes, in German, (Israeli Police, 1961), and transcripts for the preliminary investigations for the trial.; catalogue of the literary estate of H G Adler by Jeremy Adler and Franz Hocheneder and PhD dissertation by Franz Hocheneder 'HG Adler: Werk und Nachlass - Eine Bibliographische Studie', 1997.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German, some material in Czech and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in two sections: published material and papers.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Conditions governing reproduction: Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archives and Information Management, King's College London.

Finding aids:

This collection level description available online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family, together with the papers of H G Adler's son, Jeremy Adler, 2003.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of Jeremy Adler (ref: K/PP100)

Papers in other institutions: Deutsche Literaturarchiv in Marbach hold the first carbon copy of the original typescript for Theresienstadt

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Jan 2008

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