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Gisela (Illa) was the eldest child of Philipp and Hedwig Meitner. Herself a doctor, she married a distinguished urologist, Karl Lion; the family (including two daughters, Frida and Ilse) came to Britain on the outbreak of war. Karl was interned in June 1940 but was later released, largely after representation by Frisch (see CSAC 87.5.82/A.130, A.132); Frida was also interned (see CSAC 87.5.82/A.132). Many of the letters refer to Frisch's parents, to Lise Meitner and other relatives, and also show that Frisch, though sometimes a dilatory correspondent, often sent money to help his family; see also CSAC 87.5.82/A.83.
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