Buchwald family: papers and correspondence

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal papers of the Buchwald family, Jewish refugees from Bratislava who emigrated in 1939 to escape Nazi persecutions.

Included are correspondence with Violet Bonham Carter regarding sponsorship for Wilhelm to enable him to leave Bratislava (1938-1939); William Theodor's school reports from schools in Bratislava and Salford grammar school; testimonials for Max and Jrma Freud and Mr S Neurath (relationship to the Buchwalds is unknown); post-war correspondence with friends and Katerina Buchwald's National Health and Pensions Insurance Contributions Card (1939).

Administrative / Biographical History

The biographical background of the Buchwald family is somewhat patchy. The Jewish couple Ludwig and Katerina Buchwald originally lived in Bratislava. They had two children: Rosa (born in 1925) and Wilhelm Theodor (Viliam Teodor) (born in 1929). It appears from the correspondence that Katerina Buchwald fled with her son Wilhelm to England in February 1939. Shortly after their arrival they moved to Manchester. Ludwig Buchwald followed in April 1939. There is confusion in the surviving correspondence regarding the fate of the second child. Ludwig Buchwald passed away during the war years under unknown circumstances.



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Acquisition Information

Donated by Naomi Thomas