Guide to the Norbert Troller Collection, 1900-1993

AR 7268 / MF 500

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Creator:Troller, Norbert, 1896-1981
Title:Norbert Troller Collection
Dates:1900-1993
Abstract:Extensive autobiographical manuscript by Troller, with illustrations and other supporting material, discussing his family and community, his early life, and his experiences during and after the Holocaust.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, Czech.
Quantity:7 linear feet
Identification:AR 7268 / MF 500
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Born in Bruenn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czechoslovakia) in 1896, Norbert Troller served as a soldier in World War I, spending time as a prisoner-of-war in Italy. After the war he studied architecture in Brno and Vienna and worked as an architect in Brno until the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942, where he worked as an architect for the Jewish self-adminstration of the camp, and produced works of art as well. In 1944 he was imprisoned by the Gestapo, and was sent to Auschwitz later that year. After liberation, he lived briefly in Cracow, and then reopened his architectural business in Prague and Brno. He emigrated to the United States in 1948 and worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board in New York designing Jewish community centers, before opening his own practice. He died in 1981.

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Scope and Content Note

Extensive autobiographical manuscript by Troller, with illustrations and other supporting material, discussing his family and community, his early life, and his experiences during and after the Holocaust.

Material relating to Troller's career as an architect, including educational documents, professional papers, clippings, and blueprints.

Extensive photograph collection documenting Troller's life and work in Czechoslovakia and the United States, including photos of buildings designed by him in both countries; photocopies of artwork by Troller, many from his time at Theresienstadt, including items from the Leo Baeck Institute's art collection.

Material relating to an exhibit of Troller's work at the Yeshiva University Museum in 1982.

See inventory list.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed, use MF 500 (Addenda not microfilmed).

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Related Material

The art collection of the LBI also has an extensive collection of artwork of Troller's from his time in Theresienstadt.

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 9 reels of microfilm (MF 500).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Norbert Troller Collection; AR 7268; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

See inventory list

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Box 1: MEMOIR MANUSCRIPTS; GENEALOGY; DRAWINGS;PHOTOS; DOCUMENTS (COPIES); BROCHURES; NOTES; CLIPPINGS; CURRENT INVENTORY AND OLD Box LISTS, undated, 1724, c.1900-1998

BoxFolderTitleDate
10Current Inventory and Description1998
11Box List(Old), Box 1c.1982
12Manuscript regarding Moravia Jewish Communities; Also Document Xeroxes, etc. (1/1)1724, 1930-1971
13Family Tree & Genealogy Material (1/2) [NOTE: Oversize STAMMBAUM moved to 6/8]c.1900+
14Memoirs: "EARLY YOUTH IN BRNO; 1900-1908" (1/3)1977-1979
15Photos(Augsburg ?); Misc. Artwork (1/4)undated
16Duplicate Drawings (1/5)undated
17Autobiographical Manuscript regarding World War I; Handwritten;1914-1919; also 2 Photos; N.D. (1/6)undated, 1914-1919
18Maps & Brochures; Poland, Czech; [Brno Map moved to 6/8](1/7)c.1960-1963
19Memoir Notes, Synopsis; Nazi Period, 1933-1944 (1/8)c.1960s
110Memoir of Mother Cilli:"Life & People in Brno" (1/9)undated, 1933+
111Notes & Memoirs [1933]; some Photos, etc.; N.D. (1/10)undated, 1933
112Notes, Addenda, etc. (1/11)c.1986
113Box List(Old), Box 2c.1982
114Manuscript & Copies; "Transports" (2/1)undated
115Manuscript & Synopsis;"Brno-Terezin" (2/2)c.1941-1944
116Manuscript, Handwritten;"Terezin Inside 1942-1945" (2/3)undated
117Memoir: "A Convict in the 'Little Fortress'; Terezin (2/4)undated
118Misc. Handwritten Notes regarding Terezin (2/5)undated
119Judenstein Photostats & copies of Drawings of Individual Jobs at Terezin (2/6)1939-1945
120Memoir Manuscripts: "Encounters & Happenings; 1941-1945"; in German (2/7)undated
121Auschwitz Layout & Terezin; Illustrations, Sketches, Post Cards, Copies (2/8)1939-1945
122Terezin: Children of Terezin; Religious Life; Feeding; misc. Handwritten Drafts (2/9)1942-1944
123Memoir: "Travel; Little Fortress, Prague, Brno, Breslau to Auschwitz; September 1944"; Handwritten (2/10)1978
124Box List(Old), Box 3c.1982
125Manuscript: "Auschwitz 1944-1945"; Handwritten to p.134 (3/1a1)1979
126Ms: "Auschwitz 1944-1945"; Handwritten; pp. 135+ (3/1a2)1979
127Ms: "Auschwitz 1944-1945"; Typed (3/1b)1979
128Ms: "Krakau; December 1944-May 1945"; First Version; Handscript & Typed (3/2)undated
129Ms: "Krakau-Polen December 1944-May 1945; Manuscript, Typed (3/3)undated
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Box 2: MANUSCRIPTS; DRAWINGS; CAPTIONS; PHOTOS; CORRESPONDENCE; POST CARDS; ART WORK; AUTOBIOGRAPHY; Box LISTS, ETC, undated, c.1900-1982

BoxFolderTitleDate
21Memoir: "Die Erste Hegira...Ende Januar 1945"; pp. 1-48; (3/4a)undated
22Memoir: "The Miraculous Story of the Rediscovery of my 300 Drawings...; 1946"(3/4a)undated
23Box List(Old), Box 4c.1982
24Manuscript: "Holocaust 1941-1945"; English; Typed, Synopsis (4/1)undated
25Clippings: Trial of Stephan Rojko (4/2)1963
26Clippings: regarding Holocaust, & Draft Letter to International Herald Tribune (4/3)1978-1981
27Manuscript: "Heimkehr-Die 2te Hegira"; Typed; German (4/4)undated
28Memoir; "Krakau-Brno"; Handwritten Manuscript; p. 1-50 (4/6)undated
29Memoir Manuscript: "Ruechmarsch...Warensuche"; p. 51-214 (4/7)undated
210Memoir ms; p. 215+undated
211Memoir ms: "America, Oh America... 1943-1945; 120p. (4/8)undated
212Box List(Old), Box 5c.1982
213Correspondence, Resume, etc. (5/1)1979
214Agreement with Jewish Museum (5/2)1979
215Correspondence regarding Exhibits (5/3)1977-1981
216Correspondence regarding Exhibits, Israel (5/4)1979-1981
217Correspondence regarding Audio-Visual & TV Projects (5/5)1980-1981
218Correspondence, Time-Life & Other Periodicals (5/6)1979-1980
219Correspondence; Bertha Klausner (Literary Agent) (5/7)1979-1981
220Correspondence: Ruth Davis(Interviewer) (5/8)1975-1981
221Ruth Davis Interview-Hochwald (5/9)Jan. 1976
222Correspondence; International Council of Czech Jews (5/10)1980-1981
223Box List(Old), Box 6c.1982
224Drawings, Xerox (6/1)1915-1918
225Drawings, photocopies, (World War I) (6/2)1914-1918
226Water Colors, Black & White Xeroxes (6/3)c.1914-1918
227Drawings, Xerox (6/4)c.1918-1919
228Drawings; Black & White, Color, Xeroxes; Also Drawings, Xerox (6/5)c.1940-1944
229Drawings, Terezin; water color, Xerox (6/6)c.1942-1943
230Drawings, etc.; Xerox (6/7)c.1942-1952
231Thirty-Nine(39) Prints from Terezin, Xerox 1942-1944 (6/8) 2/32 Drawings, Xerox; Paris, Wales,Florence, Cape Cod; N.D. (6/9)undated, 1942-1944
233Xeroxes; Post Cards, Maps, Clippings; Terezin; Auschwitz (6/10)1944+
234Correspondence (6/11)1945
235Life Magazine: Middle East... (7/1)1967
236Life Magazine : Moon Landing (7/2)1969
237Life Magazine: Miscellany (7/3)1965-1970
238Box List(Old), Box 8c1982
239Art Books: Concentration Camps1978
240Yeshiva University Museum Exhibit; Correspondence, etc. (8/1)1958-1981
241Yeshiva University Exhibit; Correspondence, clippings, etc. (8/2)1981
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Box 3: PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS; MEMOIR MANUSCRIPTS; REFERENCES; CORRESPONDENCE; PHOTOS; ARTWORK; NOTES; CLIPPINGS; OLD Box LISTS, undated, c.1900-1982

BoxFolderTitleDate
31Memoirs, Drawings; Photocopies; Also Photos & Post Cards (8/3)undated
32Youth: Drawings, Written Captions; Photocopies (8/4)undated
33"Das Noble Spiesezimmer"; Handwritten Manuscript; Drawing of Room; Photocopies regarding Bruenn-Zeile 53 (8/5)c.1900
34Original Notes & Captions for Troller Drawings Before Museum Selection, Correspondence (8/6)1980
35Terezin Barracks: Drawings, Captions; Photocopies; "Die Kasernen"; Handwritten Text in German (8/7)undated
36Terezin Entertainment: Captions & Drawings; Photocopies (8/8)1942-1943
37" Health Care: Captions, Drawings; Photocopies; Handwritten Manuscript in German (8/9)1942-1943
38Curriculum Vita; Handwritten (8/10)1981
39Incomplete lists of Captions; Photocopies (8/11)undated
310Yeshiva University Museum Exhibit: Plan, Sections, Elevators (8/12) [Oversize Folded Pages to 7/11]c.1980
311"Rediscovery of My Drawings"; Handwritten Manuscript & Photocopy (8/13)c.1979
312"A Convict in the Little Fortress" & Epilogue Handwritten Manuscript (8/14)c.1944
313"The Fortress Town of Terezin"; Handwritten Manuscript & Captions (8/15)undated
314Box List(Old), Box 9c.1982
315Correspondence, Letters of Reference (9/1)1924-1958
316New York State Architect License, etc.; Also References (9/2)1946-1952
317Personal Documents (9/3)1908-1965
318Sketchbooks; Drawings, & Miscellaneous Notes (9/4)1942+
319Box List(Old); Box 10c1982
320Photos, Postcards (10/1)undated
321Photo Album (10/2)undated
322Photos (10/3)c.1930s
323Photos, Post Cards (10/4)undated
324Photos & Album (10/5)c.1930s
325Photos; Clipping (10/6)c.1932
326Art & Photo Books; 3 Volumes (10/7)1930-1935
327Old Folders & Labels (10/8)c.1982
328Box List(Old), Box 11c.1982
329Photos, Post Cards (11/1)c.1940s
330Photos & Album; Czechoslovakia (11/2)c.1930s-1940s
331Photos; Church Interiors (11/3)undated
332Photos; Apartment Interiors (11/4)c.1950
333Correspondence, Clippings (11/5)1932, 1934, 1937
334Clippings (11/6)1940s
335Photos; Furniture, etc. (11/7)c.1922-1939
336Photos; Czech Houses; Pre-1942 (11/8)c.1940s-1949
337Photos; Czechoslovakia; Building Interiors (11/8)1949
338Photos; Construction Sites (11/9)1947-1948
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Box 4: MANUSCRIPTS, DRAFTS; SPECIFICATIONS; PHOTOS; ARTWORK; CLIPPINGS; Box LISTS; ETC, undated, c.1900-1993

Scope and Content:

All oversized materials from old Box 14 (between 4/21 and 4/22) and old Box 15 (between 4/24 and 4/25) transferred to Boxes 5-7.

BoxFolderTitleDate
41Photos; Brno Department Store, including Construction (11/10)undated, c.1948-1949
42Old Folder Cover Listings (11/11)c.1950
43Box List(Old); Box 12c.1982
44Synagogue & Jewish Community Centers: Photo including Artist Drawings, Lists, Biography, Reference, Etc.; (12/1)c.1948-1981
45Chicago Tribune Competition: Miscellaneous Papers, Clippings, & Photo (12/2)1949-1950
46Connecticut Homes: Photos, Album; Etc (12/3)c.1953
47Lake Oscawana (Peekskill, NY): House; Plans, Photos; Etc (12/4)1961
48Jewish Welfare Board Building Bureau Standards; Blueprints (12/5)1949-1955
49Building Standards; Blueprint & Hand-drawn (12/6)c.1950s
410Manhattan Kindergarden-Nursery School: Plans; Portfolio; Photos; Etc. (12/7)c.1959
411Box List(Old); Box 13c.1982
412Architecture: Adult Education (13/1)undated
413Springfield, MA: J.C.C.: Correspondence; Etc. [Blueprints to 7/5] (13/2)1949-1953
414Tucson, AZ: J.C.C.: Correspondence; Etc. [Blueprints to 5/2] (13/3)1953-1956
415Space Budget Types 'A & B': Specifications; Etc. (13/4)c.1955
416Syracuse, NY: J.C.C.: Correspondence, Etc. [Blueprints to 6/2] (13/5)1948-1956
417National Council YMCA: Specifications; Photocopies (13/6)undated
418Savannah, GA: J.E.A. Community Building; Specifications; Correspondence; Etc. [Map, etc. to 5/4] (13/7)1949-1956
419YMHA, YWHA: Community Centers; Specifications, Etc. (13/8)1957
420J.W.B. Yearbook; Vol. VI (13/9)1955-1956
421N.J.W.B.(NY): 41st Conference Book (13/10)1957
422J.C.C. Nursery Schools: Specifications (15/1)1956
423Sports Arenas Standards & Specs. (15/2)1944
424New York City; "Directory of Day Care Services" (15/3)1962
425Lake Oscawana: House(s); Photos (16/1)1960-1963
426Grand Central; Parker House; Rogers House; Sam Flax; Photos (16/2)1967, 1974, 1976-1977
427Captions to all Drawings; Spare Sets (2) (17/1)undated
428Numbers & Captions to all Exhibited Drawings (17/2)Mar. 1981
429"Das Noble Speisezimmer"; Bruenn-Zeile 53 (17/3)c.1900
430Speech Introducing Terezin Exhibit (17/4)undated
431Synopsis; "The Holocaust 1941-1945" (17/5)1979
432"A Convict in the 'Little Fortress' Near Terezin-Bohemia; June-September 1944"; English (17/6)undated
433"Krakau; December 1944-May 1945"; German (17/7)undated
434"Discovery of My Drawings After The War"; English; Typed & Handwritten (Xerox) (17/8)1946s
435"Der Judenstern": Handwritten; & "Die Maler Affaire von Theresienstadt"; Typed (17/9)c.1978
436"First Hegira: Auschwitz-Krakow; January 1945"; German (17/10)undated
437"Auschwitz": Final Draft; German; Typed (17/11)undated
438"Little Fortress"; Version I (17/12)undated
439"Little Fortress"; Complete Version (17/13)undated
440"Transports"; Etc.; Handwritten (17/14)undated
441"Krakau"; Typed Draft; German (17/15)undated
442"Fruehe Jugend bis Zum Tode Meines Vaters"; Typed Draft; German (17/16)undated
443Addenda; 'ATA Source'; Serial Periodical; No. 11 (17/17)Summer 1993
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Box 5: ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; ALSO MAP; U.S.A. AND CANADA (OSL 23), 1949-1958

BoxFolderTitleDate
51Canadac.1954-1958
52Arizona: Tucson1954
53California: Long Beach1956
54Georgia, Alabamac.1952-1956
55Indiana: Indianapolis1953
56Kentucky, Tennessee1949-1952
57Michigan: Saginowc.1950s
58Minnesota, Illinois, & Wisconsin1949-1957
59Missouri: St. Louis1955
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Box 6: STAMMBAUM; c1945; ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; U.S.A.; (OSL 24), 1950-1957

BoxFolderTitleDate
61New Jersey: New Brunswick/Highland Park1956
62New York: Syracuse1951
63Ohio: Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown1950-1956
64Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh1955
65Texas: Dallas, San Antonio, Cowboy Hall of Famec.1955-1957
66Utah: Salt Lake City1957
67Virginia: Richmond1955
68Stammbaum [From 1/3 (ex-1/2)]c.1945
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Box 7: Clippings (concentration camp); ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; U.S.A. (OS 45), undated, 1944-c.1980

BoxFolderTitleDate
7aClippings (concentration camp)undated
71California: Los Angeles, Oakland1950-1956
72Connecticut: Hartford, New Haven, etc.c.1940s, 1944-1949
73Indiana: Evansville1950
74Iowa: Sioux City1949
75Massachusetts: Springfield1952
76Missouri: Kansas Cityundated
77New Jersey: Camden1953-1954
78New Jersey: Passaic1953
79New York: Bronx, Newburgh1957
710New York: Staten Island, Washington Heights (Inwood)c.1955
711Yeshiva University Exhibitsc.1980
712North Carolina: Durham1955
713Pennsylvania: Allentown, Harrisburg, Hazelton, Scranton1950-1955
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ADDENDA (not microfilmed), undated, 1919-1993

Box TitleDate
(OS 114 and OS 115) Addenda: Graphic art including ex-libris, ball invitations, and collection of Season's Greetings cards for Norbert Troller's personal use.undated, 1919-1948
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