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Dreyfus, Edgar: family papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1043
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Dreyfus, Edgar: family papers
Date(s): 1939-1948, 1981-1989
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edgar Dreyfus was a banker, following in the tradition of the Dreyfus family, which had a history of involvement in the banking and shipping industries. The Dreyfus house in Paris was one of the first to be occupied by the Gestapo when the Germans occupied the city in 1940. The family, comprising father and mother, Edgar and Yvonne, and their two daughters, Viviane and Christiane, fled to the south of France, staying in Perpignan, Marseille and Cannes.

When the Italians capitulated in 1943 the family went into hiding in Pau and later walked to Spain. They were accompanied by a cousin, Manon Levenvach, who had managed to escape deportation by jumping from a train. She stayed with the Dreyfus family in Spain for the remainder of the war.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Edgar Dreyfus and his family, 1939-1948, 1981-1989, notably include passports, identity and ration cards and a false identity card and false ration card for Edgar Dreyfus in the name of Edouard Delmas and correspondence and other papers including a discussion on the existence of a Jewish race.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1992.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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