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Adolf K. Placzek papers, 1932-2000

Adolf K. Placzek papers

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Box 1 Folder 1 "Kurze Geschichte zum Menschsein" (play), 1991

Inscruber "Für Pail - lange geschichte von freundscheft 2 August 1991 D."

Box 1 Folder 2 Foreword to "Phaidon II Oder vom Sterben"

Box 1 Folder 3 "Phaidon II Oder vom Sterben" (play)

Box 1 Folder 4 "Philoktetes Oder vom Aussatz" (play)

Box 1 Folder 5 "Minotauros" (play)

Box 1 Folder 6 "The War about Henry The Fifth" (play)

Translated from the original German by my Paul Stern, Placzek's lifelong friend and brother-in-law.

Box 1 Folder 7 "Gedächtnis" (play)

Box 1 Folder 8 "Das Gelbe Pferd" (play)

Box 1 Folder 9 "Ontologie vor dem Gastmahl" (play)

Box 1 Folder 10 "Ein Spanisches Schattenspiel" (play)

Box 1 Folder 11 "Der Krieg um Henry den Fünften" (play), 2 July-20 September 1970

Box 2 Folder 1 Poems (8)

Box 2 Folder 2 "Dream-Journey with the Family" (photocopy)

Translated from the original German by Paul Stern, Placzek's lifelong friend and brother-in-law.

Box 2 Folder 3 The Real Mrs Miniver by Ysenda Maxtone Graham (photocopy of pages 114-119)

A biography of Placzek's first wife the renowned author Jan Struther, written by her granddaughter Ysenda Maxtone Graham. A chapter in the book about Dolf's stay in London after he left Vienna makes reference to his poetry.

Box 2 Folder 4 Photographs (5) of Adolf K. Placzek, 1932-1985

Placzek with Paul Stern in medical school, standing over a cadaver, possibly the one mentioned on page 117 of The Real Mrs. Miniver that describes Placzek's severe short-comings as a medical student: Attempting to perform a simple appendectomy on a cadaver," Placzek was told that he had killed his 'patient' 14 different ways.

Portrait of Dolf in 1933.

Placzek in his Army uniform with Jan Struther, Jan died in 1953.

Placzek and his wife, Bev.

A family picture from June 1985. From left, Cousin Ernst Phillip, Bev Placzek, Placzek's sister, Susan Stern, brother-in-law Paul Stern.

Box 2 Folder 5 Two German documents (photocopies)

Photo-copy of a document from the University of Vienna that Placzek received when he transferred from studying medicine to studying philosophy. He was essentially forced to become a medical student by his step-father, a prominent Viennese physician (see page 115 of The Real Mrs. Miniver).

The swastika embossed identification document identifies Placzek, a philosophy student, who is (translated) Excluded under the Nazi regime. To the right of Excluded, the word Jew (Jude) is hand written.

Box 2 Folder 6 Web profile of Adolf K. Placzek (print-out)