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Meine Erinnerungen von Helen Anna Mahler Askanasy

Buch I, II, III [continuation of title]
My Recollections [translation of portion of title by cataloguer]

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Resource TypeDocuments
Title NoteTitle taken from title page of manuscript.
Date of Creation1958
Date NoteDate taken from translated manuscript.
GenrePublications & Ephemera
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated to the VHEC by Jennifer Elizabeth Dolman Roosma in March, 2021.
Extent & Medium1 manuscript : 811 pages
Scope & ContentItem is a draft manuscript of a memoir written by Anna Helen (née Mahler) Aszkanazy and dedicated to her granddaughter. Memoir is comprised of three sections, books I, II and III, and covers the period from 1896 until the death of Aszkanazy’s husband and flight from Vienna to Switzerland in 1938. The memoir is engagingly written and details life in Vienna, the author’s family, school and religious activities growing up, Viennese society, her marriage and children, the family business, her travels, friendships and advocacy work on behalf of women’s education, birth control and the rights of the stateless, and increasing antisemitism, fascism and Nazi terror. The memoir reflects the author’s interests and activism in politics and history, theatre and feminist organizing.

Subjects covered in the memoir include the First World War, Gustav Mahler, Aszkanazy’s social, cultural and intellectual life, the status of women, Hungary, Bela Kun, Miklos Horthy, Jewish marital laws, Robert Briffault, Rudolph Goldscheid, Lotte Heller, Sophie Hall, Irene Harand, Ilse Langner, Rosika Schwimmer, Elin Waegner, Mary Ritter Beard, Spinoza, the Women’s League for Peace and Freedom, the Women’s Organization for World Order, Adolf Hitler, Berlin, the Anschluss, the League of Nations and Mussolini’s black list.
Caption, signatures and inscriptionsInscription to Jennifer Elizabeth Dolman on title page.
RightsCopyright of German-language memoir owned by the Austrian publisher Danzig & Unfried. www.danzigunfried.com
Physical Characteristics and Technical RequirementsThere is a page numbering error in the 400s and 700s, she jumps two pages, but the narrative is continuous.
Statement of ResponsibilityHelen Anna Mahler Aszkanazy
NoteMemoir was translated into English from the original German by Anuschka Elkei and Dr. Uma Kumar.