Ilse MEILER (married GRAINGER), born on February 28th, 1918 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), daughter of Friedrich Meiler (lawyer, 1882-1972) and Anna Meiler (née Utitz, divorced Bing, 1885-?), lived in Vienna's 9th district, Garnisongasse 3/4/17. She was enrolled finally in the spring term 1938 at the Philosophical School in the 2nd year of her studies and took courses in Art History and History.
In 1938, after the takeover of power of National-Socialism she was forced to quit his studies for racist reason and to leave the University of Vienna.
Her father was forced to give up his law practice, but on December 29th, 1938, he was still admitted as Jewish counsel in the "Ostmark" until March 31st, 1939, and emigrated to England with his wife in April 1939.
Ilse Meiler had already emigrated to England in September 1938. She married the Vienna-born American Edward S. Grainger (born 1917 in Vienna, U.S. Army, U.S. citizen since November 6th, 1942) in Ploughley on December 3rd, 1943, and became a U.S. citizen herself on May 26th, 1949. On June 17th, 1947, their son Andrew R.(onald) Grainger was born in New York. The family commuted between England and America in the 1950s, and also lived in Vienna again for two years in 1954-1956 (Vienna's 19th ditrict, Schreiberweg).
Ilse M. Grainger lived in Chevy Chase MD (Maryland) in the 1980s and 1990s.
Her name is mentioned at the monument "Denkmal für Ausgegrenzte, Emigrierte und Ermordete des Kunsthistorischen Instituts der Universitaet Wien" at the Campus of the University of Vienna (2008).
Lit.: Archive of the University of Viennna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") PHIL 1937-1938; Austrian State Archive OeStA/AdR/EuRAngel/VVSt/VA 35326; OeStA/AdR/06-Finanzen/Hilfsfonds; POSCH/INGRISCH/DRESSEL 2008, 437; SAUER/REITER-ZATLOUKAL 2010, 246; Denkmal/Ausstellung "Wiener Kunstgeschichte gesichtet" 2008; Ausstellung "Ausgegrenzt, Vertrieben, Ermordet" 2010, www.ancestry.de.