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William Stricker Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25239 / MF 749

Scope and Contents

The William Stricker Collection is composed of correspondence, institutional files, photographs, clippings, audio tapes, books and personal documents. The bulk of the collection is comprised of handwritten family correspondence. Topics written about include the acquiring of a United States visa for Jenny Stricker's sister, Lotte Becher, and their parents daily activities.

Another large portion of the records concerns the student fraternity known as Kadimah. Correspondence is primarily from the mid-eighties and is in regards to the Kadimah reunion. Most of the correspondence is written by William Stricker and Edmund Schechter, another member of Kadimah. There are also two wooden plaques, one with the symbol of Kadimah and the other one with an unknown symbol. Both of these have been removed to the Art and Object Collection.

Of particular interest are records pertaining to the Nuremberg trials. These documents include a series of photographs depicting the International Military Tribunal. Stricker himself may be found in several of them. In terms of non-visual records, there is audio documentation: Ein Schiff im Trümmermeer (Nürnberger Prozeß gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher vom 20. November 1945 bis zum ersten Oktober 1946 in den Erinnerungen von Zeitzeugen). William Stricker relates his experience of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) on this tape. Also included is BBC-radio play in a series of three audio tapes where individuals reenact the Trials of 1945 and 1946.

Dates

  • 1938-1950s

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Information

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

Researchers must use microfilm (MF 749)

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`

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

William (or Bill) Stricker was born in Vienna on July 9, 1912 to Robert Stricker and his wife [name unknown]. Robert Stricker held a major role in the Zionist movement. He was the editor of the Jüdische Zeitung and the Jüdische Morgenpost in Vienna. Robert Stricker perished in Auschwitz in 1944. On July 27, 1937 William was married to Jenny Stricker (born Becher, on December 1, 1912). They had two sons together: Robert Stricker, born April 24, 1945 and Dr. Raphael Stricker, born January 7, 1950.

From 1935 to 1938 Stricker worked as a foreign editor for the Vienna newspaper Telegraf and in connection with that as a correspondent in Prague for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency until he moved to the United States.

William Stricker studied in Vienna and Prague and was a member of Vienna’s oldest Jewish student fraternity, Kadimah. During 1985 and 1986, he organized a reunion of the student fraternity in Israel. The main reason for the reunion was the naming of a street, Kadimah, in Jerusalem in honor of this organization on March 20, 1986.

William and Jenny Stricker immigrated to the United States in 1938 [The assumed arrival date was February 3, 1939 on the ship "De Grasse" from Le Havre, France to New York]. While living in New York, Stricker worked as an editor and writer before he became the Radio News and Policy Editor for the Office of War Information. He held this position from 1942 to 1944 when he became a United States citizen. Afterwards he was a news editor in England, Luxembourg and Germany for the U.S. State Department as well as for the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1947. In Berlin and Nuremberg, he was the Bureau Chief of the German News Service and covered the trials of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg for the German Press and the United States. In 1948, he became the chief of the European News Service for the International Broadcasting Services. During this time his wife Jenny worked as an assistant in a hospital. William Stricker died on March 16, 2006.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

William Stricker was an Austrian Jewish journalist who worked for radio stations and the newspaper. He covered World War II and in particular, the Nuremberg Trials. He was also the leader of the oldest Jewish student fraternity, Kadimah located in Vienna, Austria. In 1939, he moved to the United States together with his wife Jenny Stricker (neé Becher).

Microfilm

The collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm

Title
Guide to the Papers of William Stricker (1912-2006), 1938-2006   AR 25239 / MF 749
Author
Processed by Kirsten Wilbrand
Date
© 2006
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 06, 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