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Henry Alter papers

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    The Henry Alter papers primarily document his family’s pre-war history; his immigration to the United States in 1939; and his service in the military, including training at Camp Ritchie and working as a Film Theater and Control Officer for the Information Services Branch, 1943-1946. Biographical material includes birth certificates, education materials, and immigration paperwork. Military service records include paperwork and memorandums related to his training at Camp Ritchie and his service overseas, including correspondence with Martin F. Hertz and memorandums from the theater and music section of the Information Services Branch. Correspondence includes letters exchanged with his brother Charles Alter, Paul Henreid, and Herbert von Karajan.
    inclusive:  1840-1998
    bulk:  1939-1955
    Collection Creator
    Henry Alter
    Henry Alter (1918-1999), was born Heinrich Andreas Karl Alter in Vienna, Austria, on June 14, 1918 to Heinrich Alter (1879-1935) and Karoline Genschik Alter (1883-1963). He had one younger brother, Karl (b. 1920, later Charles Alter). Henry’s father was born Jewish and converted to Catholicism before marrying Karoline. The family spent several years in Volosca-Abbazia, Italy after World War I, where Heinrich worked as a dentist. Henry’s father committed suicide in Vienna in 1935.

    Henry emigrated from Austria to the United States in June 1939. He settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania to attend the University of Scranton. He moved to California in 1940 to attend the University of California. In 1942 he became the private secretary for Austrian actor Paul Henreid. In October 1943 he was recruited into the United States Army, graduating as a private from the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, MD (Fort Ritchie), in April 1944. He was sent to England in July 1944, and was later stationed in France, Berlin, and Austria as a Film Theater and Control Officer for the Information Services branch until 1946. He was honorably discharged in October 1946, and then worked for Paramount Pictures in the censorship offices. His brother survived World War II in Australia, and his mother survived in Vienna. They both later immigrated to the United States.

    Physical Details

    2 boxes
    3 oversize folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as three series.

    Series 1. Biographical material, 1840-1955
    Series 2. Military service, 1942-1983
    Series 3. Correspondence, 1939-1998

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of the material(s) in this collection. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Alter, Henry.

    Administrative Notes

    The collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Andrew C. Alter in 2000. Andrew is the son of Henry Alter.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 12:22:54
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