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Pavel and Winn Family Collection.

Identifier: AR 25076

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials pertaining to the Winn-Pavel families, mainly their personal correspondence with friends and family members, and also literary works of Josef Wiener (Joseph Alcantara Winn) and Richard Weiner.

The following families are mentioned in this collection:

Winn [Wiener]; Pavel; Loewenbach; Krajbich

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection:

Ballenberger (Bála), Karel; Blochová, Jana; Eisnerová, Jiřina; Eisner, Pavel; Krajbich, Ivan; Krajbich, Jiří; Krajbichová, Marie; Laurin, Arne; Loewenbach, Jan; Loewenbach Vilma; Pavel, Antonín; Pavel, Zdenka (née Weiner, first married name Vochočová, later Pavel); Roth, Susanna; Salinger, Heini; Schoenbaum, Frantisek; Schoenbaumova Anna; Schoenbaum František; Schoenbaum, Jiří; Škvorecký, Jiří; Voskovec, Jiří; Weiner, Jiří; Weiner, Kamil; Weiner, Gusta; Weiner, Richard; Winn (Wienerová), Hanna (née Taussig); Winn, Joseph A. (Josef Wiener)


  • 1927-1993


Language of Materials

This collection is in English and Czech.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed (MF 1079).

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.

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


Biographical Note

The Winn [Wiener] family:

Josef Winn (1901 Podebrady-1983 New York) was a psychiatrist and a writer. He wrote short stories, aphorisms and commentaries mainly in a satirical and comical style under his pseudonym Alcantara. His works were published largely in “Lidové noviny,” “Tribuna” and “Dobrý den” (satirical biweekly magazine edited by Karel Poláček). Josef Wiener was also a friend and the physician of the members of the “Liberated Theater” Osvobozené Divadlo, a famous Czech avant-garde theatre (1926-1938). Josef Wiener married Hanna Taussig, a daughter of the well-known Prague lawyer Oskar Taussig, and a cousin of the Czech poet Richard Weiner (1884-1937). In August 1939, the Wieners immigrated to the United States with their two daughters, Jana and Marie. They changed their family name from Wiener to Winn, and Josef Wiener thus became Joseph A. Winn. Joseph A. Winn continued with his medical practice as well as with his writings.

The Pavel family:

Zdenka Pavel, née Weiner was born in Písek, Czech Republic. She was the younger sister of Richard Weiner, and after Richard’s death she was the protector of his literary work. She was first married to Vladimír Vochoč, with whom she had a daughter, Anna, and later to Antonín Pavel. Zdenka immigrated to the United States in 1939. After World War II she lived in Paris, France, and after the death of her second husband she divided her time between the United States, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

After Zdenka’s death, Hanna Winn tried to have the works of Richard Weiner published in the US. Today, Richard Weiner’s poems are not well known by the general public, but highly recognized by the literary critic.

Richard Weiner was born in Pisek, today Písek, Czech Republic, on Nov. 6, 1884 and died Jan. 3, 1937. He graduated as a chemical engineer in 1906 from the University of Prague. After additional studies in Zurich and military service in Bohemia from 1907 to 1908, he decided on a career change and left for Paris to become a correspondent for the Prague newspaper 'Samostatnost'. He became a poet and writer and was called the “Czech Franz Kafka”.

Arne Laurin (real name Arnošt Lustig, 1889 Hrnčíře-1945 New York) was an influential Czech-German journalist, a member of ‘Pátečníci’ and an editor of the magazine ‘Tribuna’.

Jiří Kašpárek (George Kasparek) was Winns’ personal friend.


1 Linear Feet


The collection contains materials pertaining to the Winn-Pavel families, mainly their personal correspondence with friends and family members, and also literary works of Josef Wiener (Joseph Alcantara Winn) and Richard Weiner.


  1. Series I. Correspondence
  2. Subseries 1: Personal Correspondence
  3. Subseries 2: Correspondence pertaining to literary works of Joseph Winn and Richard Weiner
  4. Series II. Richard Weiner
  5. Series III. Literary works of Joseph A. Winn - Alcantara (Josef Wiener)
  6. Series IV. Addenda


Collection is available on three reels of microfilm (MF 1079)

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/6
  2. Reel 2: 1/7 - 1/17
  3. Reel 3: 1/18 - 1/31

Related Material

The Winn Family Collection (AR 25493) contains very closely related material.


Several books by Richard Weiner in the original Czech and in translations into various languages have been removed to the LBI Library
Guide to the Pavel and Winn Family Collection, 1927-1993  AR 25076 / MF 1079
Processed by Anna Rathkopf
© 2009
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2010.: Microfilm inventory added.
  • June 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States