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Eduard Frank correspondence with Joseph Brod

 Collection
Identifier: 6246

Scope and Contents

The Eduard Frank correspondence with Joseph Brod consists of a collection of letters written between Eduard Frank and Joseph Brod from 1953 to 1981. Eduard Frank was born in historical Sudetenland, now part of the Czech Republic. After settling in Germany following World War II, Frank authored one book, Gustav Meyrink, Werk und Wirkung (1957) and served as editor on another book, Das Haus zur Letzten Latern: Nachgelassenes und Verstreutes (1973). Joseph Brod (1908-2001) was a Holocaust survivor from Austria who eventually settled in the United States. Aside from the correspondence, the collection also includes a folder of photographs sent from Brod to Frank.

Dates

  • 1953 - 1981

Creator

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Biographical / Historical

Eduard Frank was born circa 1905 to a Catholic family in historical Sudetenland, now part of the Czech Republic. Frank received a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Commerce of Vienna. He worked as a grammar school teacher in historical Czechoslovakia until World War II, when he was drafted into the German army. After the war, Frank was forced from Czechoslovakia alongside others considered to be German, eventually settling in Germany. Frank resumed his teaching in Germany and authored one book titled Gustav Meyrink, Werk und Wirkung (1957) and served as editor on another book, Das Haus zur letzten Latern: Nachgelassenes und Verstreutes (1973).

Joseph Brod was born in Vienna of historical Austria-Hungary to a Jewish family on June 2, 1908. In the late 1930s, Brod was taken into Nazi custody and held at the Dachau concentration camp for many months, where he maintained infrequent correspondence with his father, Emil Brod. Joseph married Martha Brod and worked as a cost accountant administrator for various employers throughout his life, such as Wards. His work brought him to places such as Shanghai and Manila, and eventually to the United States. Joseph and Martha Brod moved multiple times between Chicago, Illinois and San Diego, California. After retiring from accounting, Joseph Brod engaged in some scholarship and translations for works written in German. Joseph Brod died on September 18, 2001.

Extent

1.04 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

German

English

French

Abstract

The Eduard Frank correspondence with Joseph Brod consists of a collection of letters written between Eduard Frank and Joseph Brod from 1953 to 1981. Eduard Frank was born in historical Sudetenland, now part of the Czech Republic. After settling in Germany following World War II, Frank authored one book, Gustav Meyrink, Werk und Wirkung (1957) and served as editor on another book, Das Haus zur Letzten Latern: Nachgelassenes und Verstreutes (1973). Joseph Brod (1908-2001) was a Holocaust survivor from Austria who eventually settled in the United States. Aside from the correspondence, the collection also includes a folder of photographs sent from Brod to Frank.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the USC Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies via Cornelius Schnauber, circa 2006.

Title
Finding aid for the Eduard Frank correspondence with Joseph Brod
Status
Completed
Author
Gabriel Rainstorm and Bo Doub
Date
2022 January
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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