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Carola S. Trier Collection

Identifier: AR 25039/MF 771

Scope and Content Note

The Carola S. Trier Collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Carola S. Trier. Also includes materials related to her father, Eduard Strauss. The collection is divided into five series: memoirs, correspondence, notes, books and clippings and consists of clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, official documents, and photographs.

The bulk of the collection consists of Carola S. Trier’s manuscript ( Series I), which focuses on her family, education, and her time as a dancer in France after 1935.

There is only a small amount of correspondence, dating back to the early 1980s. A remarkable exception is correspondence with friends of Marcel Neydorf, her fiancé in France, asking for money to buy a new gravestone for his grave. Other correspondence includes correspondence with organizations Carola S. Trier belonged to and the German state of Hesse, from which she received subsidies after her husband's death (Edgar Trier).

Little information about the time between 1942 and 1980 can be found in the collection. Her notes (Series II) indicate that she worked as an exercise adviser. Correspondence in Series III provides information about the names of friends in the forms of greeting and thank you cards. Some information about Carola S. Trier can be found in the book notes and dedications she kept ( Series IV). But they are not numerous.

A larger part of the collection consists of clippings, which she collected mainly from The New York Times and Aufbau. They give an impression of Carola S. Trier's short and long-term interests in several topics. Prominent is her long-term interest in Jewish culture, life, and personalities.

Another part of the Carola S. Trier Collection consists of documents from her father, Eduard Strauss. Those are just a few of his notes and correspondence, but she kept a lot of his books ( Series V). Many of the books contain notes by Eduard Strauss or dedications to him. Remarkable are two editions of a book he wrote (Aufsaetze und Anmerkungen 1919-1945). Carola S. Trier copied his notes from one edition into another.


  • Creation: 1910-2000


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German, with some French.

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`

Access Restrictions

Closed for microfilming.

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

Carola S. Trier was born in 1913. She was the second daughter of Eduard Strauss. She went to school at the Philanthropin in Frankfurt am Main. Very early in her life she decided to become a dancer, studying at the Laban School. She had several engagements mainly in France, where she performed with Marcel Neydorf.

Carola S. Trier's parents left Europe in December 1938, but she stayed in France until 1942. During this period she was briefly imprisoned in Gurs concentration camp, which she fled with the help of Marcel Neydorf. She reached New York in 1942. From 1942 until her death on October 28, 2000, she stayed in New York, working as an exercise adviser.


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The Carola S. Trier collection consists of the personal documents of Carola S. Trier. The bulk of the collection consists of her memoirs, covering a period from 193 to 1942. The collection also includes Carola S. Trier's personal and official correspondence and personal documents, as well as notes and notebooks by her father, Eduard Strauss. Also included clippings, mostly from The New York Times and Aufbau.


There are 5 series in this collection:

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to Series I is restricted due to copyright. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed materials may contact the LBI Archivist at


Collection is available on three reels of microfilm:

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/40
  2. Reel 2: 1/41-1/43
  3. Reel 3: 1/44-1/72

Related Material

Eduard Strauss Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute AR 7192

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photo Collection

Guide to the Papers of Carola S. Trier (1913-2000) 1910-2000 AR 25039/MF 771
Processed by Michael Aldinger
© 2007
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Revision Statements

  • 2010-05-07 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl
  • March 2010:: Updated Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States