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Lucie Blau Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25419

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal and official papers belonging to the Blau, Mahl, and Goldberg families of Vienna, Austria. The bulk of the records stems from the 1930s through the 1940s and relates to Lucie Blau, her parents Klara and Siegfried Blau, and her aunt Etta Mahl née Stern and uncle Max Mahl. Materials include extensive personal correspondence, vital records, immigration records, records of the Goldberg family’s attempt to emigrate, education and employment records, arrangements for funerals and gravestones, business records for Max Mahl and Siegfried Blau, and a few photographs and slides. Also included is limited documentation of the restitution efforts of Etta Mahl and Siegfried Blau. Many of the vital records and correspondence are extremely brittle, which has already caused some to suffer a loss of content.

Dates

  • 1893-circa 2010

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, Polish, and Hungarian.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Lucie Blau was born in Vienna, Austria, on Sep. 15, 1932 to the imported goods dealer Siegfried Blau (1902-1976) and his wife Klara née Stern (1902-1979). Lucie and her parents immigrated to the United States in 1939, arriving by ship on April 14.

Lucie Blau’s maternal aunt, Etta (alternatively Etie) Stern was born on March 5, 1894 in Paczków (Poland). She was a garment worker and married the dental technician Max Mahl (alternatively Isidor Max, born June 15, 1893 in Lemberg, today Lviv, Ukraine). Max ran his own dental office and laboratory in Vienna from 1924-1938. Max and Etta left Vienna for Shanghai in 1939, where Max ran a dental office from June 1939 at least until October 1947. Max and Etta immigrated to the United States in 1948, arriving by plane in Anchorage, Alaska on December 5. They moved to San Francisco and then to New York. Max died on December 20, 1951. Etta became a naturalized citizen of the United States on August 23, 1954 and successfully claimed restitution for her time in the Jewish ghetto of Shanghai. She died on May 10, 1968.

Another of Lucie Blau’s maternal aunts, Berta Goldberg née Stern (born July 20, 1899), was not permitted to emigrate despite years of effort. She and her two sons Siegfried (born July 17, 1926) and Kurt (born August 8, 1930) perished in the Holocaust.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains personal and official papers of the Blau, Mahl, and Goldberg families of Vienna, Austria. The bulk of the records stems from the 1930s through the 1940s and relates to the immediate family of Lucie Blau (1932-2010) and to her aunt Etta Mahl née Stern and uncle Max Mahl. Materials include correspondence, vital records, immigration records, education and employment records, business records, arrangements for funerals and gravestones, and a few photographs and slides. Limited documentation of restitution efforts is also included.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series based on document type. Because the correspondence among family members is often addressed to many correspondents and signed by several others, it was decided to keep this personal correspondence together as a separate series rather than attempt to separate it by individual family member.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to selected images in folders 6, 17, and 19 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed materials may contact the LBI Archivist at lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org.

Related Material

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City holds various materials pertaining to Lucie Blau and her family.

Separated Material

Printed pages of the entries for Berta, Siegfried, and Kurt Goldberg from the Yad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names were removed. These records can be accessed online by searching the Yad Vashem database.

Processing Information

Materials were flattened and duplicates were removed. Where paper materials were too brittle to handle directly, they were placed in Mylar sleeves. Slides were placed in protective slide guards.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Lucie Blau Family Collection 1893-circa 2010 AR 25419
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Leanora Lange
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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