This collection comprises the personal papers of Ilse Shatkin, a former Jewish refugee from Vienna who emigrated to England on the Kindertransport in 1939. She lost her mother in the Holocaust.
Included are a copy of her diary (1935-1947) together with a translation into English (from 1939), letters addressed to her father Armin Grünwald as well as birth certificate and certificate of Austrian citizenship of Armin Grünwald. The diary documents Ilse's life as a refugee in England. She found it very difficult to adjust to her situation, often felt homesick, and missed her mother and friends in Vienna. She writes about her concerns for her friends and family as war progresses, the bombings in London and her concerns about the future.