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Schlesinger family documents (1935-1945)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1606
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Schlesinger family documents (1935-1945)
Date(s): 1938-1945
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Schlesinger family


Administrative/Biographical history:

This collection documents the experiences of a Jewish family in Vienna and Budapest during the Nazi era. One of the correspondents, Mitzi, was a close friend of the depositor's mother in Vienna, where they were both born before 1900. When the war began she, her husband, Lutz, and their daughter, Eva, were living in Budapest. After the war the family emigrated to Israel. The Schlesinger family had emigrated to Great Britain, but the two families remained in contact for 40 years. The depositor provided the translation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Schlesinger family, 1938-1945, contain official and family correspondence including a long letter from Jewish friends of the family, who managed to survive the war years in Hungary. This is a rare and valuable account of the Hungarian Jewish experience during the Nazi era, containing descriptions of life in hiding, deportations, massacres by Hungarian Nazis and life in Budapest in the immediate postwar years.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in chronological order.

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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Betty Weiner.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
April 2008

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