Lisa Aron Collection

Identifier: MSS.0651

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This 1.04 linear foot collection contains one original, handwritten, family history about World War II, Nazi Germany, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and the Aftermath of the War.


  • 1932-1965

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Lisa Paula Aron was born on August 9, 1968, in the Bronx, New York City, to Eleonore Pauline Goetz and Siegfried Aron. Her parents were both born in Germany, and her father was a Holocaust survivor. Aron became aware of the importance of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights while living under a dictatorship in Kenya, and her work often focuses on the discrimination her parents faced.

Additional Biographical Information

Eleonore Pauline Goetz Aron was born on July 2, 1946, in Velbert, Germany. In 1951, while immigrating to the United States, Eleonore and her family survived the sinking of the freighter vessel on which they were traveling. In early adulthood, Eleonore graduated from hairdressing school and worked at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. She married Siegfried Aron in 1966, and they had one child, Lisa Paula Aron, in 1968. The family moved to Kenya in 1982, and Eleonore home-schooled Lisa. After Eleonore’s stroke in 2015, Lisa began working on two historical novels. Eleonore remains the most influential person in Lisa's life.


1.04 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box and 3 Half Hollinger boxes)

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives


An addition to this collection was previouosly identified as MSS.0710. It has since been added to MSS.0651.

Finding Aid for the Lisa Aron Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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