WALTER ENGEL PAPERS, 1926-1990
Walter Engel was born in Vienna in 1911 and graduated from university in 1932 with a degree in literature. From 1932 to 1938 Engel, under the stage name Walter Martin, was part of the acting guild Political Kaberet, which performed satirical anti-Nazi plays. In 1938 Engel moved to the United States and acted in New York with other Austrian and German immigrants in troupes such as the Players from Abroad and the Vienna Theater Group. Engel enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. After the war he worked as a reporter with the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) from 1947-1957. Engel returned to Washington in 1969 where he was active in theater, writing scripts, translation, and lecturing on German and Austrian literature until his death on January 28, 1990.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection is divided into two series:
The PERSONAL FILES consist primarily of correspondence, most in German. Includes correspondence with Thomas Mann commenting on Engel’s thesis on Mann and the middle class. There are several items regarding Austrian history. Arranged alphabetically by type of material.
The PROFESSIONAL FILES contain lectures, scripts, theater, translations, playbills, photographs, sheet music, and minutes. Most of the material is in German. Topics include: German and Austrian Literature, Vienna Theater Group, Players From Abroad, American foreign policy, Voice of America, and Radio in the American Sector. Arranged alphabetically by type of material.
Bohm, Wolfgang, 1987
?International Biographies of Central Europe’s Émigrés, 1977 (Emil Engel)
American Humor, 1961
Der Kontrabass, undated
Minutes, 1939-1940 (2 folders)
Voice of America – Radio in American Sector Scripts, 1969-1973 (4 folders)
Voice of America – Radio in American Sector Scripts, 1974-1978 and undated (13 folders)