Papers of the Brunner family

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Papers of Friedrich Brunner, including school reports, 1912-21, poetry and personalia, to c.1947; drafts of letters, in German, from him, 1920s and 1930s; letters, in Hungarian, German and Yiddish, from his first wife, Rozsika Pollak, 1925-32; letters, in German and Yiddish, from his second wife, Selma Wosner, 1947; letters, in German, Yiddish and Hungarian, received by Friedrich Brunner, 1922-61

Papers of Rozsika Pollak, including letters and cards received, in German, Yiddish and Hungarian, 1920-34

Papers of Selma Wosner, including correspondence received, in German and Yiddish, 1939-85

Papers of other family members including Ernst Brunner, brother of Friedrich; Frau Simson Brunner, their mother; and sisters of Selma Wosner, principally letters in German, Hungarian and Yiddish, c.1920-46

Administrative / Biographical History

Papers of the Brunner family, a Viennese Jewish family (residing at Grosse Schiffgasse 13/5, Vienna II), connected to Hungarian-speaking Jewish families in Slovakia. The papers are principally those of Friedrich (Fritz) Brunner (1905-c.1960), who came to England and resided in or near London by 1944. In Vienna Friedrich Brunner may have been in the confectionary business or second-hand book trade. He was secretary of the synagogue (Bethausverein) Beth-Hamidrasch `Ohel Abraham' in Vienna from 1928 until at least 1934. He may have served with Allied forces during World War II. In 1932 he married in Vienna Rozsika Pollak of Dunajska Streda and Presov (Slovakia); and secondly, in London, in 1946, Selma Wosner, a teacher, formerly of Bratislava (Slovakia). Selma Wosner arrived in Britain in August or September 1939, joining her cousin Berta Steiner.

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