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Balint, Ruth (1926-2000): Family correspondence

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1408
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Balint, Ruth (1926-2000): Family correspondence
Date(s): 1938-1944
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Balint | Ruth | 1926-2000


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ruth Balint (née Neumann) was born in Berlin in 1926. She was sent to school in Schöneiche, Brandenburg, where she was one of very few Jewish children. In 1938 she was sent to a Jewish school in Berlin. Shortly after her father's return from 3 months in a concentration camp, in the immediate aftermath of Kristallnacht, he wrote to a relative in Newcastle, Kurt Banski, a furniture maker, with regard to looking after Ruth. Ruth came to England circa July 1939 on the Kindertransport. She spent the following 5 years with an English Methodist family in Kendall, Lake District. She remained in contact with the family for the rest of their lives. Ruth died in 2000.

During the war years Ruth received the letters in this collection from her parents, who were eventually deported to Warsaw, then Treblinka in 1942 and grandparents to Theresienstadt in the same year. The only indication of concern about their predicament, which Ruth discerned in the letters after a re-reading of them many years later, was the occasional enquiry regarding news of relatives who had managed to flee to South America, and who had promised to help them also to emigrate.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Ruth Balint, 1938-1944, comprising correspondence from her family, dealing in the main with family matters but also organisational arrangements for emigration from Nazi Germany and a number of poems by Ruth's father.

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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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family

Allied Materials

Related material:

Balint, Ruth Es fällt mir schwer, mein Leben einfach so zu geniessen Unpublished memoir.

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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