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Mathias Lang World War I Correspondence


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Mathias Lang World War I Correspondence, 1913-1918 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron M. Lisec and Tanja Burkhard

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Title: Mathias Lang World War I Correspondence, 1913-1918Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1915-1918

ID: 1/7/MSS 316

Primary Creator: Lang, Mathias

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 04/00/2005

Subjects: World War, 1914-1918

Forms of Material: Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence

Languages: German


Correspondence between Viennese soldier Mathias Lang and his fiancée (later his wife) Lorly Mottl during World War I.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

More than 200 letters (with envelopes) and postcards in German dated 1913 to 1918 between Mathias Lang and Lorly Mottl Lang, both of Vienna.  Almost all of the correspondence covers Mathias Lang's service in the Austrian Army during World War I.  Another correspondent is Fritz Mottl, brother-in-law of Mathias Lang.

Collection Historical Note

The day-to-day correspondence of Mathias Lang and his wife Lorly depicts upper (middle) class life in wartime Vienna, including frequent tea parties and opera and theater visits. Lorly’s letters focus on physical ailments and social gatherings, while Mathias describes his life as an army officer (lieutenant).  A 1917 letter reflects anti-semitism and racism in Viennese society.

The correspondence mentions that Mathias Lang achieved the rank of Leutnant (1916) and Oberleutnant (1918)); his brother-in-law Fritz Mottl was also an officer.  Mathias received the kleine silberne tapferkeitsmedaille (small silver medal for bravery) in 1917); Fritz earned the eisernes kreuz (iron cross).

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World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted use.

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Acquisition Source: Charles Apfelbaum.

Acquisition Method: Purchase.

Preferred Citation: Mathias Lang World War I Correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Correspondence, 1917 August 14-23Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1917 August 24-September 3Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1917 September 4-6Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1917 September 18-December 28Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1918 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
January 20, 1918.  Mathias describes his position at the Piave River in Italy, where the Battle of Solstice was later fought in June 1918. He was forced to take out war bonds which he will send to his wife. He comments on the violent riots in Vienna.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1918 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1918 April 4-18Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1918 April 19-27Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1918 April 29-May 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1918 May 4-10Add to your cart.

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