This collection contains the papers of the Zappert family, a Jewish family whose roots can be traced back to 18th century Prague. The papers mainly relate to Wolf Zappert, a wealthy jeweller who worked in the second half of the 18th century in Prague, and Julius Zappert (1867-1941), a highly regarded paediatrician and university professor from Vienna. Julius Zappert fled Austria shortly after his imprisonment under the Nazi regime in 1938. His son Karl and his family also escaped further persecutions by going to England via Denmark.
Wolf Zappert's papers include title deeds and other papers relating to the purchase and sale of properties, last wills and testaments, registration records and marriage contracts. Some of the documents have been translated and summarised.
Julius Zappert, university professor and senior consultant of the Kinderspital der Israelischen Kultusgemeinde Vienna, fled to England after a short imprisonment for being Jewish in 1938. His papers include qualifications and certificates, work related correspondence, last will of his mother Marie Zappert, marriage certificate, certificate of family origin ('Heimatschein') and CVs.
Also included is an interview with Marianne Maxwell (née Zappert), granddaughter of Julius Zappert, describing her escape from Austria with her parents Karl and Hilde Zappert in 1938 and her life as a refugee.