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Stern'sche Mädchen- Lehr- und Erziehungsanstalt Collection

Identifier: AR 5455 / MF 1213

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence between Lillian Bader-Stern's daughter Dorit Whiteman and Else Lange. In the letters they exchange recollections of Bader-Stern's life and of the Stern Girls' School in Vienna (Stern'sche Mädchen- Lehr- und Erziehungsanstalt), and of how their own lives unfolded during and after emigration from Austria. There is also a photocopy of a brochure for the Stern School, as well as extensive handwritten lists of the school's pupils.


  • 1912-1986


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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

Lillian Bader, née Stern, was born in 1893 in Vienna, and grew up both in Vienna and Teplitz (now Teplice, Czech Republic), where her father worked for an insurance company. From approximately 1919-1938 she succeeded her mother as director of the Stern Girls' School in Vienna (Stern'sche Mädchen- Lehr- und Erziehungsanstalt). The school, located at Werdertorgasse 12-14, had been founded by relatives of the Sterns in 1863 and enjoyed a prestigious reputation throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire. At the time of the school's founding, it was the first school in Vienna to provide higher education for girls. Lillian Bader attended the school and eventually was accepted to the University of Vienna. She studied chemistry and received her doctoral diploma in 1919. A year earlier she had married the physician Erwin Bader, an officer in the Austrian army. Her two daughters were born in 1921 and 1924. In 1938 she emigrated with her family to England, where she worked as a maid, and once more in 1940 to the United States.


0.25 Linear Feet (4 folders.)


This collection contains some recollections of the Stern School (Stern'sche Mädchen- Lehr- und Erziehungsanstalt) in Vienna, and of one its directors, Lilian Bader née Stern. There are also several lists of the schools' students from 1912 until the Anschluss.


Available on microfilm. See MF 1213.

Related Material

Lilian Bader's memoir One life is not enough (ME 784) has been removed and catalogued separately.


Most of the materials in this collection are photocopies and accordingly legibility may not be optimal.

Guide to the Stern'sche Mädchen- Lehr- und Erziehungsanstalt Collection, 1912-1986  AR 5455 / MF 1213
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2012-05-25: Chris Bentley : added links to digitized folders.
  • 2012-07-11: Timothy Ryan Mendenhall : minor textual revisions, fixed language and related materials notes.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States