Anna Jellinek Nadel

1898 - 1967

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Anna was born in May 1898, in Mährisch-Weisskirchen, then in the Moravian Czech region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her niece, Gisella Nadja, remembers that Anna danced and sang well. In 1932, Anna married Miron Nadel, who had come to Vienna from Feodosiya on the Crimean peninsula (formerly part of Russia, now Ukraine). Miron was a portrait photographer and owned a photography studio/store in Vienna, in which Anna ably assisted with sales.

Miron was arrested between November 9 - 10, 1938, the time of the “Kristallnacht,” pogrom, and imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp. His photography shop was plundered on the night of this infamous pogrom, and Miron was one of the thousands of targeted Jewish shopkeepers charged for the damages.

Fortunately, Anna was able to get entry visas for Australia with the help of her old friend who worked in the Czech consulate in Vienna. With the visas in hand, Anna was able to get Miron released from Dachau and to escape with him and their infant daughter Trude (aka Trudy) within the mandatory three days, in December 1938.

Miron and Anna opened and managed another successful photography studio together in Sydney, Australia. They both died of illness in Australia; she in 1967 of cancer; Miron in 1978 of a stroke. Around 2006, Trude emigrated from Australia to Israel with her husband, John Armer, who had courageously survived the war as a ‘locksmith’ on ‘Schindler’s List.’ John died of illness in Tzefat (Safed), Israel in January 2015. Trude and John have two surviving daughters, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Letter Index for Anna Jellinek Nadel


Author(s) / Origin of Letter
Recipient(s) / Relationship to Author(s) / Destination of Letter


Anna Jellinek Nadel
                    [Woollahra, an eastern
          suburb of Sydney, Australia]

Karl and Karla Jellinek

(brother/sister-in-law of AJN)
                         [New York City]


Anna writes of still mourning the (1941) loss of her mother and of her feared loss of her older siblings, Gisela and Hugo, and of Hugo’s younger daughters. However, Anna also expresses hope and faith that her siblings and nieces may still be alive and that she will be able to save them. In addition, Anna mentions some aspects of her current life in Australia, such as the family’s good health and their celebration of Mother’s Day.
Anna Jellinek Nadel
                    [Woollahra, an eastern
          suburb of Sydney, Australia]

Karl, Karla, and Michaela Jellinek

(brother/sister-in-law/niece of AJN)
                         [New York City, USA]

Anna writes about mostly positive details of her life in Sydney, Australia, in which she, her husband, Miron and young daughter, Trudi, found refuge from the Nazis. She and Miron are working hard and prospering from the success of their photography studio business. Anna also includes her fears and hopes for the fates of her and Karl’s siblings: Max, who had escaped to Shanghai, China, as well as Gisela, Siegfried, Hugo, and his family, and of their father, Siegmund, all of whom had not been able to escape Nazi-controlled Europe.

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