Guide to the Frank and Trixie Wachsner
Collection, 1941-circa 2013
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Frank and Trixie Wachsner
Dates: 1941-circa 2013
Wachsner, Frank and Trixie
Physical Description: 0.33
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Frank and Trixie Wachsner were both
children of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai to escape persecution during World War
II. The collection consists of items related to their experiences living in China and
the reunions they attended in later years to reconnect with other "Old China
Frank Wachsner (1919-2013) and Trixie Braun Wachsner (1926-2014) were both children of
Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai to escape persecution during World War II. The two
met while living in China, were married in 1946, and settled in the United States in
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
[Identification of item], [date],
Frank and Trixie Wachsner
Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California
State University, Northridge.
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Personal Materials, 1941-circa 2013
Series II: Reunions, 1990-1992
Scope and Contents
The Frank and Trixie Wachsner Collection consists of items related to the couple's
experiences living in China. The collection dates from 1941-circa 2013 and is composed
of two series: Personal Materials (1941-circa 2013) and Reunions (1990-1992).
Series I, Personal Materials, includes biographical narratives collected by Frank and
Trixie's son, Tim Wachsner, along with newspaper clippings and publications on the
topic of China, a photograph of the opening of the first refugee synagogue in Shanghai
founded by Frank's father, Lutz Wachsner, and a certificate of registration issued
in Shanghai allowing Trixie's father, Walter Braun, to practice as a doctor in the
International Settlement. Also included is the travel trunk used by the Wachsner family
during World War II, a butter knife, and letter opener. The files are arranged
alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.
Series II, Reunions, documents various social gatherings attended by Frank and Trixie
for the purpose of reconnecting with others who lived in China during World War II. The
series is arranged chronologically by reunion year and contains contact information,
correspondence, photographs, postcards, programs, name tags, newspaper coverage, notes,
and travel brochures. Of particular note is a roster of Anaheim Reunion participants
organized by the camp or school lived in or attended while in China.
Series I: Personal Materials, 1941-ca. 2013
Box 1, Item 1
Certificate of Registration issued by the Shanghai Municipal Council
allowing Dr. Walter Braun to practice medicine in the international settlement
1942 December 28
Box 1, Item 2
Photograph of the opening of the first refugee synagogue in Shanghai,
founded by Lutz Wachsner,
1941 November 10
Box 2, Folder 1
Box 2, Folder 2
"China: the destination of the 80s," by Travel Headquarters,
Box 2, Folder 3
National Geographic, Shanghai Issue,
Box 2, Folder 4
Series II: Reunions, 1990-1992