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Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1944-1945.

Author/Creator:
Janowitz, Hans.
Publication:
1944-1945.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
4 items (4 leaves).
Language:
In German.
Biography/History:
Hans Janowitz (1890-1954) was a friend of Franz Werfel's since their school days in Prague; he was the older brother of the poet Franz Janowitz (also a friend of Werfel's; 1892-1917) who was killed in World War I. Hans Janowitz was a prose and screenplay writer (co-writer with Carl Mayer of the script for "Das Cabinet des Doktor Caligari"); he emigrated to the U.S. in 1939. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Friends of HIAS; the latter organization, founded in 1943 as part of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America (also known as HIAS), was dedicated in particular to the aid of Jews in Europe.
Summary:
3 items mainly concern Janowitz's request for a message from Franz Werfel which could be read at a benefit concert being held in New York City for the assistance of Jewish refugees from the Nazi regime residing in Spain and Turkey; Werfel supplied a text which was read by the actor Oscar Karlweis. Janowitz also reports on his current life. The last item is a condolence letter to Alma Mahler upon the death of Werfel.
Notes:
Includes a carbon copy of 1 letter from Franz Werfel.
Contributor:
European Friends of HIAS.
Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America.
Contained In:
Mahler-Werfel Papers. Folder 539.
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