from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Fiedler, H. G. (Hermann Georg), 1862-1945

Letter No. VWL1513

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Professor H.G. Fiedler

Letter No.: VWL1513

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

January 26 [1939]

Dear Professor

I enclose a letter from the Deutsches Bank, Hamburg on which I should like your advice –
The circumstances are as follows:- The young woman referred to, Baroness von der Hoven, is a Russian refugee. She is studying singing in Vienna and shows great promise – She is applying for German citizenship – She is being financed by some English friends and it occurred to me that some of my Hamburg money might be usefully used for her – I sent a full statement of the facts to the bank and as a preliminary only asked for a modest 500 marks – This is their reply – Really the situation seems impossible and I feel that the prize in future ought to be refused until its management by the German authorities becomes less tragically farcical.1
My love to Herma2

R. Vaughan Williams

1. VW had been awarded the Shakespeare Prize in Hamburg. The 10,000 marks prize had to be spent in Germany.
2. Daughter of the recipient.