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Cleve family papers
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Description
A collection of family papers concerning a Jewish family who fled Austria and sought exile in the United States during the rise of Nazi power. Felix Merori Cleve, his wife Melitta Cleve, their son George Wolfgang Cleve, and Felix's sister Fanny Suhrkamp-Cleve, were Austrian-Jewish emigres who fled to the United States after the Nazi Anschluss of Austria. This collection contains professional and personal correspondence and papers prior to their departure, correspondence and papers related to their flight, interactions with emigre organizations after their arrival, and documentation of their lives in the United States.
Background
Felix Merori Cleve, his wife Melitta Cleve, their son George Wolfgang Cleve, and Felix's sister Fanny Suhrkamp-Cleve, were Austrian-Jewish emigres who fled to the United States after the Nazi Anschluss of Austria. Felix M. Cleve (1890-1985) was born in Vienna to Rabbi Adolf Loewy and his wife Theresa and was an expert on Anaxagoras and other pre-Socratic Greek philosophers. He made a living as a noted critic for Vienna's Neue Freie Presse. He and his sister Fanny changed their surnane from Loewy to Cleve in 1919. Cleve, his wife Melitta (1902-1985), and their son George (1936-2015) immigrated to the United States via Budapest, Italy and Londin in 1939, and arrived in New York in 1940. Cleve was supported by his cousin Erwin Freund for his first few years in the US and finished his manuscript on Anaxagoras at that time. He continued to write on philosophy and taught at Long Island University and the New School for Social Research.
Extent
18.56 Linear Feet (19 containers)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.