This collection contains the personal papers of Elise Steiner, a former Jewish refugee from Vienna who arrived in England on a Kindertransport in 1938. Her parents and younger brother were murdered at Kowno concentration camp in 1941.
Includes family correspondence (together with typescripts) documenting the day to day activities and aspirations of a Jewish family in Vienna. Reoccurring themes include their gratitude that at least one child was able to escape and continue with her education, efforts to find a place on the Kindertransport for Elise's brother Leo Steiner, news of the fate of other family members who had managed to emigrate to various countries, the takeover of the family business, celebration of Jewish festivals and training for new occupations.
Also included are the personal papers of Elise Steiner such as birth and death certificates, qualifications and references, medical and police clearance certificates, naturalisation certificate, CVs, war compensation claim papers, obituary as well as a copy of the family tree, notes on the Steiner family history and photographs.