This collection contains letters sent to Oskar Bart by his mother Josefine Bart-Eigner in Prague as well as a transcript of an interview with Ilse Sheldon (Josefine Bart-Eigner's daughter). Oscar had emigrated with his wife Erna and their daughter Eva to London in 1938 to escape Jewish persecutions. His sister Ilse emigrated to Palestine whilst their mother stayed behind in Prague and was later deported.
The correspondence concerns Josefine's life as a Jew in Prague, her increasing financial problems and her work at the hat factory which she was forced to sell. Also included are family photographs and a transcript of an interview with Ilse Sheldon, Oskar's sister, who describes her life with her family in Prague, her emigration to Tel Aviv, how they struggled to settle in their new country and Ilse's move to England in 1947. There is also an interview with Michael Sheldon, the son of Ilse Sheldon, talking about the collection.