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Ilse Rothblat Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25129 / MF 921

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, documents, cookbook.

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Rothblat, Ilse Edith (nee Paschkusz), 1921-; Rothblat, John, 1901-; Paskus, Ella (nee Feuer), 1893-1990; Paschkusz, Herman, 1882-1946


  • 1857-1970

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, and Hungarian.

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 921).

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

Ilse Edith Rothblat was born Ilse Paschkusz on July 22 1921 in Vienna, Austria. She lived with her parents Elsa and Hermann Paschkusz in Laimgrubengasse in the 6th district of Vienna. There, she also attended high school BG VI - Rahlgasse 1060 Vienna. After the 'Anschluss' her parents felt it was necessary for their daughter to leave as soon as possible, even though they had no emigration papers at the time. They got an au-pair visa for Ilse with which it was possible to leave Vienna in order to stay with the Benzies in Stepps, a township near Glasgow, Scotland. Ms. Rothblat's parents were able to obtain affidavits and visas to the USA and once being established there they were able to send papers for her to come to the USA as well. After one and a half years of working for and staying with the Benzies Ilse reunited with her parents. Her family on the father's side all emigrated to Israel. On the mother's side, however, her grandmother and her two aunts perished in the Holocaust, although her mother, Elsa Paschkusz (in the USA: Paskus), tried desperately to save her mother and siblings. This sad story can be followed closely in the detailed correspondence between the family members in the collection.

After coming to the USA, Ilse Rothblat worked various jobs - in a millinery store, a dress shop, a knitting glove factory - until she joined her mother as a co-owner of a factory for lady accessories.

She is married to Mr. John Rothblat, a furrier from Berlin, and is the mother of two - Lillian and Daniel Rothblat. Since 1978 and up to date she lives together with her husband in Cliffside Park, NJ.


0.75 Linear Feet


Correspondence, documents, cookbook.


Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 921).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/5
  2. Reel 2: 2/1-2/2


Austrian Heritage Collection, AHC 2439
Guide to the Ilse Rothblat Family Collection, 1857-1970 AR 25129 / MF 921
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • June 05, 2012 : 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