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Fellner family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.563.1

The Fellner family papers document the immigration experiences of Rudolf and Anita Fellner, along with other family members, trying to escape Nazi persecution Austria and Germany in 1938-1939. The papers include identification papers, immigration papers, and photographs related to Rudolf’s emigration from Vienna, Austria to the United States, his conducting career, and his service in the United States Army; Anita Fellner’s emigration from Fischach, Germany via a Kindertransport; and the emigration difficulties Rudolf’s parents Eugen and Stefanie faced when leaving Vienna on the SS Pentcho, which shipwrecked near Greece in 1940, their time in makeshift refugee camps at Rhodes, Greece and the Ferramonti concentration camp in Italy.

The biographical materials contain identification, employment, school, and military papers for the Fellner and Sohr families. Identification papers include birth, marriage, and death certificates along with passports. There are oral history transcripts of Anita Fellner describing her experiences during the war including her passage to England via a Kindertransport. There are also documents and clippings of Rudolf Fellner describing his military experience as well profession as a conductor.

There is a small amount of correspondence of Anita, Rudolf, and Stefanie Fellner. Included is a letter to Anita from Gernot Römer, whom included her Kindertransport story in his book In der Fremde leben meine; a censored letter from Rudolf to his parents Eugen and Stefanie; a photo postcard from Rudolf to Anita of him with fellow soldiers in Belgium; and a letter written by Eugen while he was at Ferramonti.

The immigration papers contain documents related to the immigration experiences of the Fellners along with Elsa and Leopold Freiwirth, Rudolf’s aunt and uncle, and Anita’s brother, Walter Heufeld. There are documents of Eugen and Stefanie’s about the SS Pentcho, including Eugen’s written account of the event, and a passenger list. There are also documents of Eugen, Stefanie, Elsa, and Leopold from Ferramonti, including a diary and notebook of Eugen, and a notebook of Stefanie’s with figures from card games she organized to earn extra money in the camp. Additionally, there are papers of Stefanie’s regarding her brief immigration to Palestine before moving to the United States.

The restitution papers include papers regarding the sale of Anita’s family home in Fischach. The printed material includes stationary, clippings, and theatre programs collected by Anita while living in Cardiff, Wales.

The photographs primarily consist of pre-war family photographs of the Fellner, Sohr, and Heufeld families. There are two modern annotated photograph albums with these photographs. There are also photographs of Rudolf Fellner at school and with the United States Army, the shipwreck of the SS Pentcho, Ferramonti, and Palestine.

The 2017 accretion contains additional biographical material and correspondence. The biographical material includes two self-produced books regarding the Holocaust experiences of Anita Fellner and Stefanie Fellner, both of which make use of documents and photographs from the collection; a personal narrative written by Anita; documents from Ferramonti; immigration papers; a small amount of photographs; and restitution papers. The correspondence includes letters exchanged between Anita and Rudolf; wartime letters from Samuel and Erma Heufeld in Fischach to Anita and her brother Walter; letters from Samuel and Isidor Heufeld to Franz Hörtensteiner, including a letter from Isidor sent from Thereresienstadt; and wartime letters from Stefanie and Eugen Fellner to Rudolf, the bulk written from Rhodes and Ferramonti.

inclusive:  1865-circa 2014
bulk:  1901-1957
1 negative.
3 boxes
1 oversize box
5 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Anita and Rudolf Fellner
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Anita and Rudolf Fellner
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 12:58:48
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