Inventory of the Alfred Buchler Collection, 1941 - 1950

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Inventory of the Alfred Buchler Collection, 1941 - 1950

Accession number: GTU 93-10-02

Shelf location: 2/F/3

The Graduate Theological Union Archives

Berkeley, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alfred Buchler Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1941 - 1950
Accession number: GTU 93-10-02
Shelf location: 2/F/3
Creator: Buchler, Alfred
Size: 2 boxes, 1 folio, 8 in.
Type of material: Travel tickets, newsletters, student records, oral history tapes, music programs.
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
Berkeley, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Source and Date

A. Buchler, 1993


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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 by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred Buchler Collection, GTU 93-10-02, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Access Points

Tikvah Star
Jews -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources
Refugees, Jewish -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources
Jews, Austrian -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- Sources

Biographical/Historical Description

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, 1941. 2) Leo Baeck Institute (129 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021: 212-744-6400): Vienna school reports, German passport, and diary-calendar. 3) 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.

Container List

Box Box 1, Folder ff 1

Transsiberian Railway, 1941: tickets, luggage tags

Folder ff 2

Map of Shanghai

Folder ff 3

Josef Buchler, vital information form, ca. 1943

Folder ff 4

St. Francis Xavier's College, 1941-44

Folder ff 5

Xavier's College Class Exercise Books

Folder ff 6-7

Universite L'Aurore, 1944-47

Folder ff 8

L'Aurore Class Exercise Books

Folder ff 9

Newsletter: The Collegiate, Shanghai, 1 issue, 1945

Folder ff 10

Newsletter: The Beacon, Shanghai, Vol. 1, nos. 4-7, 5-6/1946

Folder ff 11

Boy Scouts

Folder ff 12

Poem: "Return of the Native", ca. 1946

Folder ff 13

Tikvah Youth Organization, Shanghai, 1947

Folder ff 14-18



Tikvah Star, Shanghai, 1947


Tikvah Star, U.S., 1 issue, 1948


Tikvah Star, St. Louis, 1948-50


Tikvah Star, New York, 1949

Folder ff 19

Tikvah: Addresses of Members Abroad, c. 1947-48

Box Box 2, Folder ff 1

Letters relating to Immigration to U.S., 1947

Folder ff 2

Passage to U.S., S.S. Marine Adder, 1947

Folder ff 3-7

Music Programs, Shanghai


Music and Permission to Play, Café Splendid, 1941


Program, 1941


Programs, 1945


Shanghai Municipal Symphony, 1946-47


Programs, 1946-47

Folder ff 8

Postcards, Shanghai: Collected by Buchler in Berkeley, CA, c. 1970-90

Folder ff 9

Oral History: Articles on Shanghai experiences

Folder ff 10

Oral History: Transcript of audiotaped interviews

Folder ff 11

Oral History: Summaries of interview tapes, Buchler itinerary

Folder ff 12

"For Markie Sopher", 1978

Box Small Collection Box 3, Folder ff 8

Newsletters: Tikvah Star, San Francisco, 1948-49

Additional Note

Note: legal size file folder
Folder ff 9

American President Lines, S.S. Marine Adder: tax receipt and ship's newsletter, December 1947

Additional Note

Note: legal size file folder
Box Small Collections Box 7, Folder ff 8

Poem by Sali Buchler, 1941 (en route to Shanghai: handwritten, extreme water damage)

Additional Note

Note: legal size
Folio Folio 1

Oral History Tapes: 4 cassettes, Interviewer: Theresa Pipe


1) Interview 8/12/94, Sides A & B: Buchler's family experience in their move as stateless refugees to Shanghai during WWII.


2) Interview 8/23/94, Sides A & B: Buchler's experience in Shanghai -- transport there in 1941, living in Hongkew Ghetto (Jewish Community WWII). Attending St. Francis Xavier's College.


3) Interview 8/23/94, Side A: Buchler's experience in Shanghai during WWII.


4) Interview 9/9/94, Side A: Buchler's experience in Shanghai during WWII. Univ. L'Aurore and end of the war.