A Family in Flight: Self-censorship in Personal Letters

Lecture Description

Members of the Hasterlik family fled Vienna when Hitler came to power. They dispersed to Switzerland, the U.S., England, and Kenya. Their correspondence demonstrated both the desire to retain ties and the reality of hiding information. Topics from contracting polio to undergoing domestic abuse to facing anti-Semitic attacks all stayed out of the texts, at least for a time. In this family story worthy of cinematic treatment, the letters remind us why historians must investigate our sources carefully.

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Biography Migration/Migrant

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