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MS 314 Papers of Theodore Hirschberg

Theodore Hirschberg

Theodore Hirschberg, formerly from Berlin, fled from Nazi persecution in 1939. Unable to obtain entry visas for the USA or Britain, he secured papers for entry to the Republic of Cuba but, before he could leave, Cuba closed their borders to refugees. He made enquiries for entry to a number of other countries, including Chile, Australia, Denmark, China, and Uruguay, eventually arriving in Great Britain on a business visit just before the start of war. Supported by a grant supplied by his uncle, Hirschberg continued his studies in sociology.

About the collection 

The collection contains biographical details about Hirschberg, correspondence and five notebooks, 1939-41. The correspondence, most of which is in German and which was written after Hirschberg arrived in London, is composed of letters to and from friends and relatives, some still in Europe, others scattered across the world. It records concerns for those still in Nazi occupied Europe and Hirschberg’s attempts to assist them as well as enquiries about visas.

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