H. F. Broch de Rothermann papers
Scope and Contents
Series I, Correspondence, (Boxes 1-8) consists of correspondence between Broch de Rothermann and editors, publishers, scholars, and friends of Hermann Broch, including correspondence with Dániel and Daisy Bródy, Pantheon Books, Rhein-Verlag, and Suhrkamp Verlag. The letters of prominent Broch scholars, such as Manfred Durzak and Paul Michael Lützeler, shed light on the author's current importance as a literary figure. Also present are the letters of Broch de Rothermann's grandparents, uncle, mother, and stepmother (Annemarie Meier-Graefe Broch), as well as those of friends, including Hannah Arendt, Marion Canby, Erich and Alice Loewy Kahler, Edith Levy, Edith Ludovyk-Gyömröi, Robert Pick, Jean Starr Untermeyer, and Hermann J. Weigand.
Series II, Addition (Boxes 9-11), is divided into three subseries. Correspondence, circa 1970s-circa 2001, consists mainly of letters between Broch de Rothermann and correspondents also represented in Series I, including Annemarie Meier-Graefe Broch, Franziska von Rothermann Broch (accompanied by photographs and identification documents), other Broch family members, Alice Loewy Kahler, Edith Ludovyk-Gyömröi, Paul Michael Lützeler, and Suhrkamp Verlag. Also present are some additional correspondents and unidentified letters.
United States Office of Strategic Services, circa 1944-circa 1946, consists of papers relating to Broch de Rothermann’s work in the OSS Morale Operations Branch during World War II. Papers include reports on the development and effectiveness of propaganda, American support for resistance in areas occupied by Germany, American occupation of Italy and Germany, and interrogation of German soldiers and other prisoners by the American army; samples of military and civilian propaganda in German, Italian, French, Russian, and other languages; correspondence and documents about Broch de Rothermann’s service, discharge, and return to the United States after the war; and a photograph of unidentified soldiers, possibly including Broch de Rothermann. Propaganda samples include drawings made by artist Saul Steinberg.
Other Papers, most undated, include drafts of a short story, a screenplay, and other writings by Broch de Rothermann; drawings by Broch de Rothermann and Gregor von Rezzori; and videocassette and audiocassette interviews with Broch de Rothermann.
- 1916 - 2001
- Majority of material found within 1953 - 1986
Conditions Governing Access
Box 12 (audiocassette and videocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in the Addition Series were gifts of H. F. Broch de Rothermann, 1990-1994; gift of Sachiko Yoshizawa Broch de Rothermann, 1997; gift of Bradford McCormick, 1997, and transferred from Yale University Manuscripts and Archives, 1992. Material transferred from Yale University Manuscripts and Archives was purchased from Sachiko Yoshizawa Broch de Rothermann by Michael Keller in 1991. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
4.41 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
H. F. BROCH DE ROTHERMANN (1910-1994)
Broch de Rothermann left Austria in March 1939, lived in French internment camps from September 1939 to June 1940, spent a year in the French Foreign Legion, and emigrated to the United States in September 1941. Shortly thereafter he married Eva Wassermann, but was divorced in 1949. In 1942 he became head of the Short Wave Listening Post for the New York Daily News and from 1943-46 served in the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Italy and Austria, leaving that service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After 1947 he held a number of conference interpreter positions for the United Nations and on a free-lance basis. He married Sachiko Yoshizawa in 1961.
During his later life, Broch de Rothermann published translations, devoted a great deal of his time to discussing Hermann Broch with scholars, advised the Library and the curator of the Yale Collection of German Literature, and was a generous donor to the Broch Archive. Broch de Rothermann died in 1994.
- Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975
- Audiovisual materials
- Austrian literature
- Authors and publishers -- Austria
- Authors and publishers -- Germany
- Authors, Austrian -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Broch de Rothermann, H. F.
- Broch family
- Broch, Franziska von Rothermann
- Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951
- Broch, Johanna Schnabel
- Broch, Josef
- Brody, Daniel, 1883-1969
- Bródy, Daisy
- Canby, Marion G. (Marion Gause), 1885-1974
- Critics -- Austria
- Critics -- Germany
- Critics -- United States
- Durzak, Manfred, 1938-
- Kahler, Alice Loewy
- Kahler, Erich, 1885-1970
- Krafft-Kennedy, Ludwig
- Levy, Edith Jonas
- Ludovyk-Gyömröi, Edith
- Lützeler, Paul Michael, 1943-
- Meier-Graefe, Annemarie, 1905-1994
- Pantheon Books
- Pick, Robert, 1898-
- Publishers and publishing -- Austria
- Publishers and publishing -- Germany
- Rhein Verlag
- Schlant, Ernestine
- Steinberg, Saul, 1914-1999
- Suhrkamp Verlag
- United States. Office of Strategic Services
- United States. War Department. Strategic Services Unit
- Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1886-1970
- Weigand, Hermann J. (Hermann John), 1892-1985
- Wellwarth, George E., 1932-
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground literature
- Yamaguchi, Kōichi
- Guide to the H.F. Broch De Rothermann Papers
- Under Revision
- by T. Michael Womack
- February 1991
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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