Ellen Ettlinger: A Folklorist Flees the Nazis
4 June 2019 - 24 November 2019Free
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
This display marks the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War by highlighting the work of Ellen Ettlinger (née Rathenau) (1902-1994), a Jewish folklorist who was forced to flee Germany in 1938 due to persecution by the Nazi regime. She was born into a wealthy family which had set up the large electronics firm Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG); yet although members of the family were notable both as industrialists and politicians, they increasingly fell foul of right-wing persecution due to being Jewish. A member of the Folklore Society, this display shows Ellen’s research records, organised according to place and category, which she donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum in the mid-1960s.
Archive Case, First Floor