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Diary (Israel)

Identifier: SC 00836

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Scope and Contents

Diary, 1933-1934 of a young Austrian who emigrated to Palestine in 1933. The name, age and gender of the writer could not be determined. The entries documenting life in Tel Aviv are very detailed and describe daily experiences with search for housing and jobs, economic situation, social life, etc. The author also writes about being ill and hospitalized with typhus. There are references to being homesick and of writing to parents and relatives frequently. The work situation is tenuous and the author moves between jobs quite frequently, mostly making a living as a tailor / seamstress.

Also included is an undated 2 page description of Purim in Tel Aviv.

The diary is written in German with the occasional word or phrase in Hebrew.


  • Creation: 1933-1934

Language of Materials

Other languages include German and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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