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Elisabeth Orsten papers

Document | Accession Number: 2000.417.1

The Elisabeth Orsten papers include an autograph book, biographical materials, correspondence, a diary, photographs, printed materials, and school records documenting her childhood in Vienna, her departure for England on a Kindertransport with her brother, Georg, their care and education in England, the Ornstein family’s immigration to the United States, and her grandparents’ continued suffering in Vienna.
The autograph book contains illustrations and signed poems by Elisabeth Orsten’s parents and friends in Vienna.
Correspondence primarily documents arrangements for Elisabeth’s care in England. This series includes letters from Elisabeth’s parents to her caregiver in England, correspondence with Georg’s caregivers in England, correspondence with aid organizations in England arranging care for Elisabeth and Georg, and correspondence with guarantors who helped fund Elisabeth’s care in England. This series also include letters from Elisabeth Orsten’s grandparents, Paula and Eugen Fulda, describing their difficult lives as they remained trapped in Vienna.
The diary was a farewell gift to Elisabeth from her nanny upon her departure for England on a Kindertransport in January 1939. The entries are in German and English and describe Elisabeth’s life in England in 1939 and 1940 with two additional entries about her life in America in 1941 and 1944.
Emigration and immigration records include a copy of Paul Ornstein’s Heimatschein citizenship document, letters and affidavits in support of the Ornstein family’s immigration, and correspondence with the American Consulate General in London about Elisabeth’s immigration.
Photographs depict Elisabeth Orsten as a baby, around the time of her journey to England in 1939, and as a member of the WACS around 1948.
Printed materials consist of clippings about Elisabeth’s college scholarship, Georg’s military service, and a couple of miscellaneous items.
School records document Elisabeth’s education in England at the Garden School in High Wycombe and include three report cards, two news bulletins, and a notebook in which she recorded and illustrated her history lessons.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1936-1953
Language
English
German
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Diaries.
Extent
2 boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elisabeth M. Orsten
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:05:28
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