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Lisbeth Modley Kornreich papers

Document | Accession Number: 2019.246.1

The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Lisbeth Modley Kornreich and her parents Augusta and Wilhelm Modley of Vienna, Austria. Included are biographical materials, immigration papers, correspondence, writings, and photographs regarding their pre-war lives in Vienna and emigration from Austria. Also included is a copy of Augusta’s sister Nellie Zehetner’s (née Lipiner) husband Hans Zehetner’s wartime diary.

Biographical materials include Lisbeth’s birth certificate and gymnasium and university papers; Augusta’s German passport and a document stating that Augusta added Sara to her name; and Wilhelm’s Viennese driver’s license and German passport.

Immigration papers consist of Augusta and Lisbeth’s inventory from their emigration from Vienna in 1941, a postcard from the SS Mouzinho, and letters to Wilhelm in London from the Jewish Refugees Committee regarding loans.

Correspondence consists of a 1941 letter to Lisbeth from the American Red Cross regarding the whereabouts of Alexander Gregor Rauch Lewandowski; wartime letters to Augusta from her friend Mizzi, along with donor-provided transcriptions and translations; wartime letters to Augusta, Wilhelm, and Lisbeth from Augusta’s sister Martha Linder (née Lipiner) husband Karl Linder, who survived the Holocaust in the Netherlands; and donor-provided transcription/translation of restitution correspondence of Wilhelm’s.

Writings include Augusta’s clippings of fashion designs, Augusta’s cookbook she brought with her when she immigrated to the United States, a transcript of an oral history interview with Lisbeth, and a copy of Augusta’s sister Nellie Zehetner’s (née Lipiner) husband Hans Zehetner’s wartime diary. The diary was written in 1941-1942 and the copy was sent to Augusta in October 1945.

Photographs include pre-war depictions of Augusta, Wilhelm, and Lisbeth Modley, Lisbeth in a production of You Never Can Tell, Lisbeth’s gymnasium graduation class, and a post-war photograph of William, Augusta, and Augusta’s sisters Martha and Nellie.

inclusive:  1912-1984
bulk:  1912-1945
1 box
1 book enclosure
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Carole Kornreich
Record last modified: 2021-12-27 13:38:25
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