Papers, 1816-1980 ; (bulk 1936-1963)

Selzam, Edward C. W. von, 1897-1980


4 ft. (approximately 7000 items).
Correspondence of von Selzam and his wife, Anita Ravenscroft Henry von Selzam (1898-1963), with family, friends, and colleagues, while he was serving in German diplomatic posts in the U.S. (1925-1928), Berlin (1928-1931), Calcutta (1931-1937), London (1937-1939), the Hague (1939-1940), and Bern (1940-1942), and while living on a family estate in Bavaria (1944-1948), and from Oconomowoc, Wis., where they eventually settled; together with von Selzam's reports (1939-1940) to the German Foreign Office concerning the English political and economic situation; his memoirs of his imprisonment in Siberia during World War I; speeches; letters to editors; genealogical information relating to the Henry family; reminiscences of Mrs. von Selzam by a friend; memorabilia; clippings; and photos. Other topics include experiences during the two World Wars, including the bombing of the Hague; von Selzam's recall to Germany under Gestapo suspicion; his resistance work within the diplomatic corps, especially his efforts to alert the British to German plans; life in post-war Germany; his denazification efforts; lengthy emigration efforts; and resettlement in the U.S..
German diplomat.
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