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Ulrich Boschwitz Collection

Identifier: AR 25553

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mostly of material related to Ulrich Boschwitz's writings, primarily typescripts, as well as some correspondence and other personal material. It also contains materials about his estate and legacy.


  • circa 1930-2007


Language of Materials

This collection is in English and German, with some Swedish.

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 <extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Portrait of Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942)" href="" show="embed" title="Portrait of Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942)"/>

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (1915, Berlin – 1942, at sea) was a novelist under the penname John Grane. His mother was Martha Boschwitz née Wolgast. He left Germany in 1935 for Oslo, Norway, where he wrote the novel "Menschen neben dem Leben." It was published in Sweden, in Swedish, as "Människor utanföf" in 1937. Boschwitz soon moved to Luxembourg, where he wrote another novel, "Der Reisende," which was published in England and in New York as "The man who took trains" and "The fugitive" (respectively), and in France as "Le fugitif." In 1939 Boschwitz settled in England, where he was briefly interned and subsequently shipped to Australia as an "enemy alien" on the notorious ship HMT Dunera. His mother was also interned, on the Isle of Man in the Port Erin camp. In 1942, Boschwitz was allowed to return to England, but the ship M.V. Abosso was torpedoed, and Boschwitz was killed together with 41 other returnees.


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This collection contains writings by novelist Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (1915–1942) as well as a few personal materials and documents about his estate and legacy.


The materials were rearranged into two series: Series I: Ulrich Boschwitz, and Series II: Ulrich Boschwitz Estate and Legacy. Series I was further subdivided into Subseries 1: Writings and Subseries 2: General.

The arrangement is a simplified version of the order created in the 1970s by Wellesley German professor Thomas Hansen.

Physical Location



Ulrich Boschwitz's papers were held by his estate's executor and consequently by his sister, Clarissa Boschwitz. In the 1970s, Wellesley German Professor Thomas Hansen expressed interest in writing about Boschwitz's work and borrowed part of the collection for research purposes, cataloging the materials in 1978. Thanks to combined efforts of Boschwitz's heirs and Prof. Hansen, the collection was donated and transferred to the Leo Baeck Institute in 2013.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made available in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Archives holds a collection about the MV Abosso (AR 11582). Poems by Martha Wolgast Boschwitz, Ulrich Boschwitz's mother, are found in the Isle of Man (internment camp) Collection (AR 3783).

Separated Material

Two of Boschwitz's books, "Le Fugutif" (1939) and "The Man Who Took Trains" (1945), were removed to the LBI Library.

Processing Information

Materials were refoldered. Duplicate photocopies were removed. Photographs were placed in appropriate folders.

Guide to the Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942) Collection undated, circa 1930-2007 AR 25553
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2014
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • August 2014: Photograph added to biographical note.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States