Ida Herz was a bookseller from Nuremberg, who became a friend of Thomas Mann in 1924, and was asked by him in 1925 to organise his library in Munich. She was an avid collector of material about Mann and amassed over 3,000 newspaper articles about Mann from over 20 countries. Herz was forced to flee Germany in 1935, and lived in London for the rest of her life. She deposited her correspondence with Mann and her Mann collection with the Thomas Mann archive in Zurich in 1960.

The Papers

The papers include correspondence and other records relating to Thomas Mann and the Thomas Mann-Gesellschaft (mostly transcripts); correspondence between Ida Herz and various Mann scholars; a copy of the first page of a Gestapo report on Ida Herz from 1937; unpublished proofs of Mann's essay 'Zur Judische Frage', 1921; obituaries and other commemorative articles on Mann, and drafts and copies of articles on Mann by various scholars.

Archival Arrangement


Herz/1 Thomas Mann and Family Papers

Herz/2 Publications and Events relating to Thomas Mann

Herz/3 Correspondence (except that of the Mann Family)

Herz/4 Personal and Miscellaneous Papers of Ida Herz

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