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Paul Heller (1914 - 2001) Papers

Identifier: 55/55

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Scope and Contents

The Paul Heller collection fills 8 boxes and spans the years 1934-2014. The collection is divided into four sections: personal papers, professional papers, books, and multimedia items.

The personal papers section includes Heller’s postwar identification documents and letters; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; various versions of Heller’s diary from the Holocaust; collections of eulogies and sympathy correspondence for Paul, his brother Erich, and other friends; articles about Heller’s war experiences; testimony and talks about Heller’s time at Buchenwald; and an autobiography of the first forty years of Heller’s life.

The professional papers section includes Heller’s diploma and medical school documents; medical journals with Heller’s notes; transcripts of Heller’s speeches; various articles authored by Heller; and information about two medical symposiums of which Heller was a part.

The books section includes thirteen books owned by Heller during his life, including some of the first books he received after his liberation from Buchenwald; a book about the journalist Edward Murrow, with whom he was close friends; a book on Buchenwald; and a medical book Heller used to study for his profession.

The multimedia section includes VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and tape reels with interviews of Heller, Erich Heller’s memorial service, Edward Murrow’s Buchenwald broadcast, and a recording of Paul Heller’s symposium in 1996.


  • 1934 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at an off-site location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


8 Boxes

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Paul Heller was born in Komotau, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary (now the city of Chomutov in the Czech Republic), on August 8, 1914. The Paul Heller collection fills 8 boxes and spans the years 1934-2014. The collection is divided into four sections: personal papers (including his Holocaust diary), professional papers (documenting his career as a physician), books, and multimedia items.


The Paul Heller papers are organized into: personal papers; professional papers; books (in chronological order); and multimedia items.

Guide to the Paul Heller (1914 - 2001) Papers
Skyler Poel
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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