Correspondence

Scope and Content

This series includes individual files of correspondence between Robert (and sometimes also Ida) Lucas and each of the following: RL's friend and anti-Nazi activist Ella Lingens (1976-1984); relatives of Emma Ehrenzweig [RL's mother], the Robinsohn family in Israel (1975-1983); IL's distant relative, the pianist Alice Carrard (1975-1992); RL's friend, the author and journalist Karl Bittmann in Australia (1975-1983); RL's friend, scientist Ernst Schmidt in the USA (1975-1983); and the German collecting society Wort (1983-1984). In addition, there are two files of letters from miscellaneous correspondents. The first includes correspondence with writer Naomi Mitchison (1934-1946); RL's friend in Vienna, Edoardo Gold, giving a detailed account of his experiences with Yugoslavian partisans during the Second World War (1945,1947); and Ella Lingens, reflecting on her experience as a medic in Auschwitz (1946). In addition, the file contains correspondence with multiple different correspondents on the subject of RL's employment in the UK, particularly before his appointment with the BBC in 1938, and his application for naturalisation as a UK citizen and to change his name from Ehrenzweig to Lucas. There are also letters from RL to IL written from Vienna in 1946 when RL was sent on a BBC research trip to the city, as well as letters from the post-war period between RL and multiple correspondents (particularly exile scientists), concerning proposals for talks that he had invited them to give on their specialisms on the BBC's German Service. In the second miscellaneous file, correpondents include BBC broadcaster, Leonard Miall (1982), RL's cousin Walter Kollman (1981) and Viennese lawyer, Heinrich Brodfeld (1981). Besides the correspondence in this series, letters relating to certain specific aspects of RL's activities can be found in other series in the archive, including the following: for correspondence relating to RL's Hirnschal letters see RLU 2/1; for correspondence relating to RL's play The Mohocks are coming, see RLU7/9; for correspondence relating to RL's biography of Frieda Lawrence see RLU 9/2 - RLU 9/5; for correspondence relating to RL's employment with the BBC see RLU 11/17; and for condolence letters following RL's death see RLU 11/12. The files in this series were previously in boxes 5,7,12 and 19.

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