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My Recollections, by Helen Anna Mahler Aszkanazy

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Resource TypeDocuments
Date of Creation2021
GenrePublications & Ephemera
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated to the VHEC by Jennifer Elizabeth Dolman Roosma in 2021.
Extent & Medium1 pdf : 588 pages
Scope & ContentItem is the English translation of Meine Erinnerungen, books one through three of the memoirs of Anna Helen (née Mahler) Aszkanazy. My Recollections was translated into English from the original German by Anuschka Elkei and Dr. Uma Kumar and is footnoted with historical and contextual references by the translators. Translation was completed in 2019 and prefaced by Jennifer Elizabeth Dolman Roosma. Foreword by Peter Lindenfeld, a fellow refugee from Vienna.

My Recollections 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 manuscript reflects the author’s interests and activism in politics and history, theatre and feminist organizing.

Subjects covered in the Aszkanazy’s memoirs include the First World War, Gustav Mahler, her social, cultural and intellectual life, the status of women, Hungary, Bela Kun, Miklos Horthy, Jewish marital laws, Robert Briffault, Rudolf Goldscheid, Bertha von Suttern, 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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical RequirementsAlso available in print format.
Statement of ResponsibilityTranslated from the original German by Anuschka Elkei and Dr. Uma Kumar
Existence and Location of OriginalsGerman-language original manuscript
NoteIn-text page numbers in document refer to page numbers of original German manuscript.