This collection of photographs and a
few personal items document the life of Gretl Dichter, her family, and her travels prior to
emigrating to the United States from Vienna, Austria in 1946.
Margarete (Gretl) Dichter was born in Vienna, Austria on April 17, 1907, and was raised
there with her six siblings. The Dichter family frequently traveled to European vacation
sites and resorts. Dichter worked in her father's department store, where she developed her
business acumen and fashion sense. She became very interested in photography, and documented
her extensive travels across Europe with her detailed and artistic photographs. When Austria
was annexed by Hitler and the Third Reich in 1938, they also confiscated the Dichter
properties and holdings, forcing Dichter and her siblings to flee to Chicago where they
lived with family from her father's side.
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