Hans Feld Papers

Scope and Content

Papers and documents relating to Dr. Hans Feld, German-Jewish film critic and journalist. The collection includes personal documents and letters relating to Hans Feld and his wife and son as well as manuscripts commenting on the radio and emerging film industry in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection also contains all of his appointment diaries stretching from 1922-1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hans Feld was born in Berlin in 1902. He studied law until 1924 when he started working as a free-lance writor for Film-Kurier. Later he became the editor and then executive editor. he wrote reviews and avant-garde articles on German and Russian film. He married his wife Kathe Behr in 1928. Their son Michael was born in 1929.

In 1932 he started working as a playwright and production manager but soon had to flee Germany to avoid the increasing violence towards Jews. He went to Prague and in 1935 moved to London where he continued working in film. In 1937 he changed careers to work with food import and also work with different Jewish organisations in London. He also founded the company Music in Vision Ltd. In 1982 he was awarded a gold award by the German film industry for his contribution to German film.

He died in London in 1992.

Access Information

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research, within the controlled environment and restrictions of The Keep's Reading Rooms.

Other Finding Aids

An online catalogue is available on The Keep's website .

Archivist's Note

Note created by J Samuelson July 2011. Edited by Samira Teuteberg, November 2016

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright, conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, digital copies can be made.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Head of Special Collections, in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.