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Malvine Fischer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6651

Scope and Content Note

Letters and cards sent by Malvine, Leopold, and other members of the Fischer family in Vienna to daughter Mimi Fischer's family in New York City.

The Fischers discuss their living conditions, which change as they take on an increasing number of boarders and as their services, such as heating, are cut. Malvine attempts to supplement income with handicrafts, and younger family members are sent for forced labor (Arbeitsdienst). With increased urgency, the Fischers seek visas and affidavits for emigration, initially attempting to join Mimi in the United States, then trying for Shanghai and other places. The letters also offer insight, albeit indirectly, into the life of Mimi's family in New York as refugees. Although the bulk of the letters were written by Malvine and Leopold Fischer, some letters or parts of letter contain messages from other relatives. Many of the envelopes bear Nazi censorship stamps.

Dates

  • circa 1940-1941

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and French.

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

Extent

2 Folders

Abstract

Letters and cards sent by Malvine, Leopold, and other members of the Fischer family in Vienna to daughter Mimi Fischer's family in New York City.

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged in approximate chronological order, although some letters have incomplete dates or lack dates.

Other Finding Aid

A synopsis of the correspondence is available in the first folder.

Separated Material

Four issues of Partisan Review (1990.4, 1991.1, 1993.2, 1993.4) included with the donation have been removed to the LBI Library Collection.

Note

Some of the letters appear to be fragmentary or missing pages.
Title
Guide to the Malvine Fischer Collection, circa 1940-1941  AR 6651
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 21, 2014 : 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