The collection provides an insight into the experiences of the Jewish Mandel family in Vienna after 1938. Apart from official documentation, such as school reports, recommendations from previous employers, birth- and marriage certificates, the collection also contains personal letters from 1938 through to 1959.The letters demonstrate how the Mandel family struggled to escape from persecution, particularly after Hermann Mandel had been arrested in early February 1939.
Tina Mandel and her son emigrated to Britain, where she received letters from Hermann Mandel, via a relative in Switzerland, describing his situation and reacting to her letters. She also corresponded with a friend in Hungary, Böske Kardas.
After the war, Tina Mandel received letters from friends responding to her attempts to find out about the fate of her husband. The texts of the letters she received confirmed the deportation of Hermann Mandel in October 1942.