Scope and Content
Title: Alfred Buchler Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1941 - 1950
Accession number: GTU 93-10-02
Shelf location: 2/F/3
Size: 2 boxes, 1 folio, 8 in.
Type of material: Travel tickets, newsletters, student records, oral history tapes, music programs.
The Graduate Theological Union.
Source and Date
A. Buchler, 1993
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Alfred Buchler Collection, GTU 93-10-02, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.
Jews -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources
Refugees, Jewish -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources
Jews, Austrian -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources
Alfred Buchler was born in Vienna, Austria, January 17, 1927, only child of Josef and Fryma Sara (Sali) Buchler. Trying, but
finding it impossible to get visas for the United States, then Chile, the Buchler family succeeded in getting out of Vienna,
March 1941. They crossed on the Transsiberian Railway to China, arriving in Shanghai, May 1941. Alfred attended St. Francis
Xavier's College (equivalent of U.S. high school), then entered Universite L'Aurore, September 1944. After the war, Alfred
joined the Tikvah (meaning hope) Club for boys, formed by the American senior Jewish chaplain. In 1946, Sali Buchler had a
stroke, and died in January 1948. Alfred had left Shanghai, entering the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1947. At the end
of 1948, with the Communists closing on Shanghai, Josef Buchler left, crossing to San Francisco, to New York, finally to Israel.
Scope and Content
The material had no original order. It is here arranged chronologically.
NOTE: This collection represents a part of Buchler's total original material. Further materials are located: 1)
Holocaust Oral History Project (P. O. Box 77603, San Francisco, CA 94107: 415-882-7092): interviews covering experiences in Vienna up to leaving for Shanghai,
Leo Baeck Institute (129 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021: 212-744-6400): Vienna school reports, German passport, and diary-calendar.
University of San Francisco (2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117-1080: 415-666-6292): a run of the
Bulletin de l'Aurore (photocopies of title pages, ff 3). Several items in the collection have suffered extreme water damage.