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 Collection
Dates: 1941-circa 2013
Identification: OCH/FTW
Creator: Wachsner, Frank and Trixie
Physical Description: 4.33 linear feet
Language of Materials:




Repository: 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 Hands."

Biographical Information:

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 1947.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Photographic material

Administrative Information



Processing Information:

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

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.

Collection Contents


Series I: Personal Materials, 1941-circa 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 of Shanghai, 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

Biographical Narratives, ca. 2013

Box 2, Folder 2

"China: the destination of the 80s," by Travel Headquarters, Inc., 1981

Box 2, Folder 3

National Geographic, Shanghai Issue, 1994

Box 2, Folder 4

Newspaper Clippings, 1982, 1994

Box 3, Item 1

Butter Knife

Box 3, Item 2

Letter Opener

Box 4, Item 1

Travel Trunk


Series II: Reunions, 1990-1992

Box 2, Folder 5

Anaheim, CA, 1990

Box 2, Folder 6

Philadelphia, PA, 1991

Box 2, Folder 7

Vancouver, BC, 1992