Author(s)Sperber, Liselotte, 1912-
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AbstractThis collection centers on the lives of Liselotte Sperber and her family members. The collection documents her early life and the major experiences that would shape it as well as the lives or significant life events of several family members, including her sister, parents, in-laws and daughter. The collection contains prolific correspondence, official and educational documents, childhood writings, copies of articles and newspaper clippings, and a few photographs.
This collection centers on the lives of Liselotte Sperber and her family members. The collection documents her early life and the major experiences that would shape it as well as the lives or significant life events of several family members, including her sister, parents, in-laws and daughter. The collection contains prolific correspondence, official and educational documents, childhood writings, copies of articles and newspaper clippings, and a few photographs.
Theater plays from school, including: "Der Sieg der Liebe ueber Jung und Alt" by Lisl Suess, handwritten, 5p. - Leonid Andrejew: Das Schweigen, book with dedication: "Zum 19.I.29 Dir Lisl Ida Ehre". - Landheim - Sofie Loewenherz - Zigarrenfabrik - Heinrich Scheuer & Frida Laemle - Schweisheimer - Ettlinger - Liederkranz / August Lamey Loge - Einstein Family ; Schlossbrauerei "Unterbaar" - Emil Rueb - Hecht
Prayerbooks: J. Schwanthaler: Israelitisches Gebetbuch, hebr. u. dt., Frankfurt a.M., J. Kauffmann, no date, bound in purple leather with olden imprint: Rosi Suess; Dr. Michael Sachs: Gebetbuch der Israeliten, hebr. u. dt., Breslau: Jakob B. Brandeis, 1921. With dedication: "Aenne Suess. Zur Erinnerung an ihre Konfirmation (2. Juni 1922) gewidmet. Mannheim, den 1. Juni 1922. Der Synagogenrat". With: Exlibris Lisl Suess; Erzaehlung von Israels Auszug aus Aegypten fuer die Abende des Pesach-Festes. Wien: Schlesinger, 1937.
August Lamey Loge; Conte di Savoia (Ship); Einstein, Ella; Einstein, Fritz; Einstein, Gretel; Einstein, Gustav, 1882-1960; Einstein, Willy, -1937; Ettlinger family; Feith, Siegfried; Gruenewald, Max; Hecht family; Hecht, Reuben; Liselotte Schule; Murrow, Edward R., 1908-1965; Orinoco (Ship); Rueb, Emil, 1906-1980; S. Suess & Soehne, Lampertheim; Schlossbrauerei Unterbaar; Schweisheimer family; Schweisheimer, Wolf; Singer, Fritz; Sperber family; Sperber, Aenne, 1935-; Sperber, Alan, 1942-; Sperber, Liselotte, 1912-; Sperber, Malke; Sperber, Manfred; Sperber, Meyer, 1899-; Sperber, Paul, 1921-; Suess family; Suess, Aenne, 1907-1930; Suess, Julius, 1878-1976; Suess, Liesl; Suess, Lippmann; Suess, Liselotte; Suess, Rosa, 1884-1940; S. Suess & Soehne, Lampertheim; Haddasah; Cherbourg; Deggendorf (displaced persons camp); Lampertheim; Mannheim
Liselotte Süss ("Lisl") Süss was born January 12, 1912 in Mannheim, the youngest daughter of Julius Süss (1878-1976) and Rosa Süss, née Einstein (1884-1940). She attended primary school at Mannheim's Liselotteschule and the Hans Thoma Schule, including two years of finishing school at the Liselotteschule's Frauenschule.
At the age of 15, Liselotte Süss began to study at the Nationaltheater under Hildegard Grethe and later, her succesor, Ida Ehre, who became a close friend. At the request of the theater's director, Francesco Sioli, Liselotte Sperber Süss gave her first stage performance at 16, taking over the role of an ill performer. Other activities she undertook included participation in the August Lamey B'nai B'rith Lodge, the Liederkranz (a singing group), and gymnastics and tennis. She additionally participated in the "Sprech-Chor," directed by Paul Epstein.
In 1925 Max Grünewald became the chief rabbi of Mannheim, where he created the Jugendgemeinde, in which Liselotte Süss became a member. By her late teens Lisl Süss had become a Zionist. At the "Jung-WIZO," which she helped found, she met her future husband, Manfred (Meyer) Sperber ("Fred"). They became engaged on December 4, 1932 and married on January 26, 1933 in Rabbi Max Gruenewald's study. In February 1933 they were on their honeymoon in Rome when they learned of Hitler's appointment as Chancellor. On April 1, 1933 (the day of the Jewish boycott in Germany) Fred lost his job in Berlin. Since Fred was an Austrian citizen, and Lisl had become one through her marriage to him, they then left for Vienna. Their daughter Aenne was born on June 20, 1935 in Vienna. She was named for her aunt, Lisl's elder sister, who had died in 1930 due to disease at the age of 22.
In Vienna Fred became comptroller of the Jewish Community. In May 1939 Lisl and her daughter Aenne wanted to emigrate to Cuba by taking the ship Orinoco from Cherbourg. But the ship never sailed, following the situation of the St. Louis, a boat refused arrival in Cuba and the subsequent Jewish immigration ban to Cuba. They were held in Cherbourg for five months but received American visas just before the outbreak of war and left France in October 1939. Fred joined them in 1940 when he found passage on the last trip of the Italian liner Conte di Savoia. In 1942 they learned that Fred’s parents had been deported to Theresienstadt, where his father Abraham Sperber died. Fred's mother Malka (sometimes spelled Malke) Sperber later stayed in Camp Deggendorf for displaced persons.
In 1947 Lisl joined the Riverside group of Hadassah where she served one term as president of the organization. After Fred retired, he joined the Liberty Lodge where he worked as financial secretary until his death. Lisl later became a member of the Liberty Chapter where she served twice as president.
Liselotte Sperber's daughter Aenne, renamed Ann Sperber after her immigration to the United States, achieved fame with the publication of her best-selling book Murrow: his Life and Times, published in 1986. She died in 1994.