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Betty and Franz Hausner's Stories as 'Enemy Aliens'

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:17 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My parents, who were Jewish, grew up in Vienna and left shortly after the Anschluss. They met in London, got married, and opened up a small textile factory in Cardiff. In 1940, they were interned as 'enemy aliens' in separate camps on the Isle of Man for a year. After this, they moved to Liverpool where I was born and we came to the U. S. in 1950.

My mother kept my father's letters while they were interned. This package contains my father's letters, and my sister Kay's typed version of the letters so they are more readable.


Item list and details

1. Father's letters to my mother while they were interned. Typed versions by my sister, Kay. 2. Photos: - Studio wedding portrait of Frank Hausner and Betty Heimann. - Franz stands next to an automobile parked on a country road while Father Ferdinand sits inside. - Bette Heimann stands outside a women's clothing shop where she works. - Emanuel and Rosa Hausner celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their seven children. Pictured are Emanuel and Rosa with their children Oscar, Ferdinand (grandfather of the donor), Elsa, Fritz Olga, Selma and Gustaf. - Illustrated letters. - Verso of an illustrated letter. - Alien registration cards issued.

Person the story/items relate to

Betty and Franz Hausner

Person who shared the story/items

Tony Hausner

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

My parents

Type of submission

Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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