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Lilly Isler Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7173

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the correspondence of Lilly Isler and her family regarding daily life and their attempts to get her mother, Gisela Klug, out of Vienna.

The bulk of the correspondence is between Lilly Isler, her mother Gisela, and her brother, Paul. The letters contain much information on the life of Jews in Vienna from 1938-1941, on the events of Kristallnacht in that city and on the difficulties of emigration and the problems refugees experienced in establishing themselves in the U.S.A.

Dates

  • 1938-1946

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Lilly Klug was born in Vienna, c. 1910, to parents Gisela Klug (1885-1942) and Salamon Klug (?-1938). Her parents had a small garment shop. Lilly's brother, Paul, left Austria in early 1938 and eventually settled in Greenwood, North Carolina. Lilly's fiance, Richard Isler, was arrested during Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau. On his release a few months later the couple married and left the country, arriving via Vancouver to New York City. Their attempts to obtain a visa and passage for Lilly's mother proved unsuccessful and she was deported to Minsk in May 1942 and killed at Maly Trostinec concentration camp. Lilly died in the 1960s.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (4 folders.)

Abstract

The collection contains the correspondence of Lilly Isler and her family regarding daily life and their attempts to get her mother, Gisela Klug, out of Vienna.

Other Finding Aid

The original 1-page English language inventory is in folder 1.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Lilly Isler Collection, 1938-1946  AR 7173
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Julie Dawson
Date
© 2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 20, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States