Friedler family papers
The Friedler family papers include JDC and HIAS records, biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, writings, and drawings documenting Moritz and Trude Friedler, his parents’ deaths during the Holocaust, her mother’s survival, both families’ efforts to escape Austria before the war, Moritz Friedlers’ work for the JDC and HIAS after the war, and their immigration to the United States.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society materials consist of correspondence, name lists, and reports documenting Moritz Friedler’s postwar work for the JDC in Austria, highlighting his many responsibilities and including statistics and camp activities. This series also includes reports documenting his 1950’s work for HIAS in Brazil.
Biographical materials include birth certificates, police registration cards, proofs of employment, passports, and visa applications documenting Trude and Moritz Friedler, her mother, Regina Marx, and her grandfather, Max Kohn. This series also includes an anti-Semitic note left at Regina Marx’s door around 1938.
The correspondence series includes letters from Moritz’s parents, Chane and Mendel Friedler, while Moritz’s mother was in Vienna, Moritz’s father had been deported to Vyhne, and Moritz had escaped to England. The letters document Moritz’s mother’s desperate efforts to escape Austria. Additional correspondence between the Austrian government and Moritz documents Moritz’s postwar efforts to collect reparations for property his family owned, and correspondence with Simon Wiesenthal documents the Friedlers’ lifelong friendship with him.
Photographs depict Trude Friedler and her mother as well as a cemetery in Ebensee, the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp, a Hanukkah children’s play in a DP camp, the work of the JDC in Austria, and the desecration of synagogues in Vienna after Kristallnacht.
Writings and drawings include Trude Friedler’s translation of the novel I To You, a copy of the original novel in German, fashion design drawings by Trude Friedler, and a notebook of poetry called Wien Wortlich by Josef Weinheber transcribed by Trude Freidler
2 oversize boxes
1 oversize folder
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hannah Friedler
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Trude Friedler
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