Marta Mierendorff papers, 1933-1985.


Marta Mierendorff papers, 1933-1985.

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and ephemera regarding the lives and work of many German-speaking emigre artists in Southern California. One focus of the collection are German Expressionist Theater director Leopold Jessner (1878-1945) and his brother-in-law, the actor and director Fritz Jessner (1889-1946), both of whom left Germany in the 1930s to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews. The collection also includes more extensive materials on Walter Wicclair, director William Dieterle, art-director Rudi Feld, Felix Jackson, the Mann family, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Elow as well as about the Jewish Club of 1933. Furthermore it contains transcripts of various conferences on exile studies, articles, presentations, interview transcripts, Wim Wenders screenplays, and data sheets Marta Mierendorff created about various exiled German-speaking artists.The materials were collected by Marta Mierendorff (b. 1911), who was made Emeritus Research Professor in 1984 at USC.

30 linear ft. (65 boxes)

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Granach, Alexander, 1890-1945 (person)

Lang, Fritz (Vocalist) (person)

Wicclair, Walter (person)

Wolf, Markus, 1962- (person)

Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 (person)

Epithet: novelist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001085.0x000173 German author. From the description of Land of good will : typewritten article signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609625 From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : Bad Tölz, to Herr Fischer, his publisher, 1909 Aug. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607913 From the description...

Jackson, Felix (person)

Born Felix Joachimson in Germany in 1902, Jackson was a music critic and writer in 1920's Berlin, when he met Kurt Weill. They collaborated on an opera entitled Na und?, now lost, and became fast friends. Jackson moved to the United States in the late 1930's and pursued a successful career in films (most notably as the screenwriter for Destry rides again). In the 1970's he wrote an unpublished biography of Kurt Weill. He died in 1992. From the description of An oral history interview...

Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958 (person)

The best-selling novelist, Lion Feuchtwanger, fled Germany in 1933 with the rise of the National Socialists. Living first in exile in France (1933-1940), Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta, ultimately emigrated to the United States in 1940, coming to Los Angeles in 1941. Lion Feuchtwanger is perhaps best known for his historical novel, Jud Süss (1925; Jew Suess), and his novel Erfolg (1930; Success), the first novel that predicts the reign of terror of National Socialism. Lion Feuchtwanger lived ...

Mierendorff, Marta (person)

Marta Mierendorff was born in Charlottenburg (Berlin), Germany in 1911. She received her doctorate in 1949 from Humboldt University in Berlin. In the 1950s, she turned to study of the sociology of art and co-founded the Institut fuer Kunstsoziologie in Berlin with Heinrich Tost in 1954. In the late 1950s, Marta Mierendorff developed an interest in the study of German-speaking exiles from the National Socialist regime. She traveled to Los Angeles in 1964 and there began working on the history of ...

Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 (person)

Brecht was a German dramatist and poet. Karl Korsch was a Marxist theoretician. From the description of Correspondence with Karl Korsch, 1934-ca.1954. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122556373 From the guide to the Bertolt Brecht correspondence with Karl Korsch, ca. 1934-1954., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) Reyersbach was a pediatrician with special training in endocrinology and rheumatic diseases; she came to the U.S. in ...

Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970 (person)

Erich Maria Remarque (the pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark) was a German-born writer most famous for his 1929 work All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues), which describes the brutality of World War I from a young soldier's perspective. His literary works include both novels and plays; several of his novels were made into films. Remarque was born in Osnabruck, Germany on June 22, 1898. As a young man, he served as a soldier in World War I and was wounded several times. His postwar ...

Wenders, Wim (person)

Elow (person)

Eisler, Georg, 1928-.... (person)

Artist. From the description of Reminiscences of Georg Eisler : lecture, 1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513209 ...

Mann, Heinrich, 1871-1950 (person)

Heinrich Mann, one of the foremost German writers of the twentieth century, lived almost penniless and seemingly forgotten in Los Angeles for nearly a decade before his death in 1950. Heinrich Mann was the elder brother of Nobel Prize winning novelist Thomas Mann. Despite his name and literary stature, Heinrich Mann remained virtually unknown in this country. By contrast, in pre-Hitler Germany, Heinrich had been both respected by fellow writers and popular with readers, perhaps even more so than...

Jessner, Fritz, 1889-1946 (person)

Dieterle, William, 1893-1972 (person)

Müller, Heiner, 1910- (person)

Henreid, Paul. (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Henreid : oral history, 1972. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587600 ...

Döblin, Alfred, 1878-1957 (person)

Berstl, Julius, 1883-1975 (person)

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Wolf, Friedrich (person)

Bruno, Frank, 1909-1967 (person)

Jewish Club of 1933 (corporateBody)

Neumann, Robert (person)

Alderman; Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, 1974. From the description of Letter. 1974. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225718559 ...

Graf, Oskar Maria, 1894-1967 (person)

Neumann, Alfred, 1895-1952 (person)

Alfred Neumann left Germany in 1933, moving to Italy and then to France; he emigrated to the U.S. in 1941, settling in California. In 1949 he returned to Florence; he died in Lugano. Katherine Neumann (who signs her letters "Kitty") was Alfred's wife. The Neumanns were good friends of Alma Mahler; she mentions them in her memoir Mein Leben as belonging to the close circle of friends in California with whom she and Franz Werfel socialized. Adolf Klarmann and his wife, Isolde, apparently developed...

Eisler, Hanns (person)

Composed 1932. First performance by the British Broadcasting Corp. Orchestra, London, March 1935, Ernest Ansermet conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Kleine Sinfonie No. 1 : for orchestra, op. 29 / Hanns Eisler. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51733565 Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) was a German composer. His family moved to Vienna in 1902, and Eisler grew up and studied there, most notably with Arnold Schoenberg in the earl...

Baum, Vicki, 1888-1960 (person)

Novelist. Works by Vicki Baum include GRAND HOTEL, SECRET SENTENCE, HELENE, MEN NEVER KNOW, THE SHIP AND THE SHORE, MARION ALIVE, THE WEEPING WOOD, DANGER FROM DEER, and HEADLESS ANGEL. From the description of Vicki Baum papers, 1929-1953. (University at Albany). WorldCat record id: 84085248 Born (1888) and raised in Vienna, Vicki Baum first published stories as a teenager but then focused on musical studies at the Vienna Conservatory, where she made her profess...

Jessner, Leopold, 1878-1945 (person)

Leopold Jessner, German Expressionist theater director. From the description of Leopold Jessner prompt books, 1903-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80908700 From the description of Leopold Jessner prompt books, 1903-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702161041 ...

Frank, Liesl. (person)