Guide to the Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942) Collection
undated, circa 1930-2007

AR 25553

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann

Leo Baeck Institute

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in 2014. Description is in English.
August 2014 Photograph added to biographical note.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grane, John
Creator: Hansen, Thomas S. (Thomas Stansfield)
Title: Ulrich Boschwitz Collection
Dates:undated, circa 1930-2007
Abstract: This collection contains writings by novelist Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (1915–1942) as well as a few personal materials and documents about his estate and legacy.
Languages: This collection is in English and German, with some Swedish.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 25553
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942)

Portrait of Ulrich Boschwitz (1915-1942)

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (1915, Berlin – 1942, at sea) was a novelist under the penname John Grane. His mother was Martha Boschwitz née Wolgast. He left Germany in 1935 for Oslo, Norway, where he wrote the novel "Menschen neben dem Leben." It was published in Sweden, in Swedish, as "Människor utanföf" in 1937. Boschwitz soon moved to Luxembourg, where he wrote another novel, "Der Reisende," which was published in England and in New York as "The man who took trains" and "The fugitive" (respectively), and in France as "Le fugitif." In 1939 Boschwitz settled in England, where he was briefly interned and subsequently shipped to Australia as an "enemy alien" on the notorious ship HMT Dunera. His mother was also interned, on the Isle of Man in the Port Erin camp. In 1942, Boschwitz was allowed to return to England, but the ship M.V. Abosso was torpedoed, and Boschwitz was killed together with 41 other returnees.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mostly of material related to Ulrich Boschwitz's writings, primarily typescripts, as well as some correspondence and other personal material. It also contains materials about his estate and legacy.

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The materials were rearranged into two series: Series I: Ulrich Boschwitz, and Series II: Ulrich Boschwitz Estate and Legacy. Series I was further subdivided into Subseries 1: Writings and Subseries 2: General.

The arrangement is a simplified version of the order created in the 1970s by Wellesley German professor Thomas Hansen.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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Related Material

The LBI Archives holds a collection about the MV Abosso (AR 11582). Poems by Martha Wolgast Boschwitz, Ulrich Boschwitz's mother, are found in the Isle of Man (internment camp) Collection (AR 3783).

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Separated Material

Two of Boschwitz's books, "Le Fugutif" (1939) and "The Man Who Took Trains" (1945), were removed to the LBI Library.

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After his death, Boschwitz's papers were held by his estate's executor and consequently by his sister, Clarissa Boschwitz. In the 1970s, Wellesley German professor Thomas Hansen expressed interest in writing about Boschwitz, and his sister sent Hansen the papers unbidden. Hansen cataloged the materials in 1978. In 2013, he donated the collection to the Leo Baeck Institute.

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Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made available in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ulrich Boschwitz Collection; AR 25553; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Materials were refoldered. Duplicate photocopies were removed. Photographs were placed in appropriate folders.

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Container List


Series I: Ulrich Boschwitz, undated, circa 1930-1942


This series is divided into two subseries, Writings and General.

Scope and Content:

This series consists mostly of material related to Boschwitz's writings, primarily typescripts, as well as some correspondence and other personal material.

The Writings subseries includes English reviews of "The Fugitive;" a bound typescript with handwritten corrections for "Menschen neben dem Leben," as well as Swedish reviews and an English summary; a typescript of the short story "Der Gutgesinnte;" a typescript and copy of "Das Testament," a dramatic sketch; typescripts of the essays "Der Nobel und der Hitlerpreis" and "Die Lage der Bauwirtschaft in Deutschland",about 25 poems, and a few various handwritten notes. The subseries also includes "König Winters Geburtstag," a bound manuscript children's book with watercolor illustrations, created by Boschwitz and his mother while she was interned on the Isle of Man in the Port Erin camp.

The General subseries includes a small amount of correspondence, mostly with publishers. It also contains a 1942 letter written to his mother; from the text, it appears that the letter was only to be delivered in case of his death. This subseries also contains a draft notice, four original photographs of Boschwitz, and four photocopies of photographs of him and his family.

Subseries 1: Writings, undated, circa 1933-circa 1940

1 1 The Fugitive circa 1940

Photocopies of English reviews

1 2 Der Gutgesinnte undated


1 3 König Winters Geburtstag 1939-1940

Bound manuscript with watercolor illustrations

1 4 Die Lage der Bauwirtschaft in Deutschland undated


1 5 Menschen neben dem Leben - bound typescript circa 1936

Bound German typescript, with manuscript corrections

1 6 Menschen neben dem Leben - reviews and summary circa 1937

Photocopies of Swedish reviews; typescript of English summary

1 7 Der Nobel und der Hitlerpreis undated


1 8 Poems undated


1 9 Das Testament circa 1933

Typescript and copy

1 10 Various undated

Manuscript notes


Subseries 2: General, circa 1930s-1942

1 11 Correspondence 1936-1942
1 12 Draft notice 1935
1 13 Photographs circa 1930s
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Series II: Ulrich Boschwitz Estate and Legacy, 1939-2007

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials about Ulrich Boschwitz's estate and his legacy. It includes correspondence between his mother, Martha Boschwitz née Wolgast, and the British authorities surrounding Boschwitz's death; letters and emails between Clarisaa Boschwitz, Thomas Hansen, and relatives Dvora Boschwitz and John Leubsdorf, about Ulrich Boschwitz's papers; and a 13-page letter (in German) from Hananya Pinner (1921-1996) to Clarrisa Boschwitz. Pinner was interned in Australia in the early 1940s with Ulrich Boschwitz, and his letter recounts his memories of that time. The series also contains the initial inventory of Boschwitz's papers, prepared in 1978 by Professor Hansen; a biography prepared by the executor of Boschwitz's estate, Paula Helene Schain (1959); photocopies of the covers and title pages of the two books removed to the LBI Library; the Boschwitz entry from the book Deutsche Exil Literatur (1970); and a photocopy of a typescript copy of an article about the torpedoed ship on which Boschwitz died, from the Dunera News (1997).

1 14 Correspondence - Memoir of Boschwitz in Australia 1990
1 15 Correspondence - Ulrich Boschwitz's death 1942-1946
1 16 Correspondence - Ulrich Boschwitz's papers 1961-2007
1 17 Original inventory 1978
1 18 Various 1939-1997

Includes photocopies

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