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Apr 2001 Journal

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Obituary: Ilse Wolff 1908 – 2001

I first met Ilse when I was 25. My mother had died – in Berlin - of an acute heart infection when I was 10. Although Ilse was my father’s second wife (I thoroughly approved - my father asked me!), she became, in all respects but her DNA, the much-loved grandmother, great-grandmother and mother in-law of my family, and my friend-in-chief. If, in my eyes, Ilse were to have had no other merit except that of having made my father superbly happy, this would have been enough. However she was a very special person. Having had a distinguished career with the Wiener Library, and having survived a serious illness, she suddenly found herself in the position of an entrepreneurial publisher, having on the sudden death of my father become the owner of Oswald Wolff (Publishers) Ltd. She ran the company for a further ten years.

Ilse was a ‘good’ person in every respect. She maintained a network of close friends spanning a vast private universe. Her greatest torture was the thought that she might inadvertently have hurt someone’s feelings and she would not rest until the rent, often imaginary, had been mended. I have never heard anyone speak ill of Ilse; and she had a compassionate heart, as her contributions to countless charities testify.
Prof Heinz Wolff

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