With letters by Oskar Werner and Ingeborg Bachmann

Haeusserman, Ernst, actor and theatre director (1916-1984). Archive, consisting of manuscripts, typescripts, letters by and to Ernst Haeusserman and his widow, numerous documents, and extensive collections. Also includes the partial Nachlass of Ernst Haeusserman's father Reinhold Häussermann.

Various places, c. 1890-1983.

 25,000.00

"With Haeusserman, a part of Vienna died", wrote Rolf Hochhuth in his obituary in the "Weltwoche", and truly, the final, splendid age of Austrian theatre history passed away with this great man, an age that had begun in 1954, when Haeusserman was appointed director of the Josefstadt Theatre. A favourite of 1930s audiences, the yong romantic lead Haeusserman had to forsake his acting career when Austria joined the Third Reich; after his emigration to the U.S., he continued behind the scenes as personal assistant to Max Reinhardt. After the end of the war, he served as director of the Vienna Burgtheater and of other important Viennese playhouses.

Haeusserman's copious estate contains not only 317 pp. of manuscripts and typescripts and 45 pp. of autograph letters, but also some 3680 pp. of letters to him by such prominent writers as Rosa Albach-Retty, Ingeborg Bachmann, Albert Bassermann, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Franz Theodor Csokor, Ernst Deutsch, Richard Eybner, Adrienne Gessner, Nora Gregor, Friedrich Hacker, Marte Harell, Mirko Jelusich, Oscar Karlweis, Fritz Klingenbeck, Leopoldine Konstantin, Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Wolfgang Liebeneiner, Fred Liewehr, Ernst Lothar, Lilly Marberg, Fritz Molden, Lothar Müthel, Susi Nicoletti, Marcel Prawy, Géza von Radványi, Gottfried Reinhardt, Hermann Röbbeling, Adolf Rott, Robert Stolz, Hans und Helene Thimig, Hilde Wagener, Oskar Werner, Else Wohlgemuth, and Carl Zuckmayer.

Upon Haeusserman's death, Senta Berger, Maria Bill, Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Paul Hubschmid, Friedrich Kayssler, Marthe Keller, Rudolf Kirchschläger, Erni Kniepert-Fellerer, Cissy Kraner, Gustav Kropatschek, Erwin Lanc, Ingrid Leodolter, Conrad H. Lester, Ernst Wolfram Marboe, Fritz Marsch, Peter Matic, Kitty Mattern, Federik Mirdita, Heinz Moog, Herbert Moritz, Klaudia Nagy, Brigitte Neumeister, Romuald Pekny, Gisela Prossnitz, Harry Reich-Ebner, Gottfried Reinhardt, Georg Robor, Sieghardt Rupp, Günther Schneider-Siemssen, Walter Schuppich, Dany Sigel, Marietta Torberg, Siegfried Trebitsch, Michael Verhoeven, Eberhard Waechter, Senta Wengraf, Oskar Werner, Guido Wieland und Hugo Wiener were among those who offered their condolences (a total of 224 pp.). No less interesting is the partial Nachlass of Ernst Haeusserman's father, the Burgtheater actor Reinhold Häessermann (1884-1947), containing some 275 ff. of letters to him, 267 ff. of various documents, 163 photographs (portraits and costume photos, photographed postcards and snapshots, notebooks, and speeches by contemporaries such as Rosa Albach-Retty, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Eugen Schmalenbach, and Otto Tressler.

Cf. E. Haeusserman, Der Weg war schon das Ziel. Chiffre für das Unverwechselbare (Munich, 1978).