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- Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel (1879-1964) was a composer, author, and editor. Born in Vienna, she was forced to leave Austria in 1938, after the Anschluss, seeking refuge in the United States. Her husband, Franz Werfel, was a life-long friend of Willy Haas, editor of Die Welt, who assisted Alma with the German edition of her autobiography, Mein Leben. This collection consists almost entirely of letters written by Alma Mahler Werfel and sent to Willy Haas. The letters are all in German. There are two additional letters, one: a photocopy of a letter from Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), an Austrian artist, poet, and playwright; and the other: a photocopy of a letter from Alma to Baroness Annie Schey.
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