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The Leo Baeck Institute is continually collecting new archival materials related to the history of German-speaking Jews. Please see in the following a list of recent acquisitions, each with a short synopsis. Clicking on the title will link to the item’s bibliographic description; items that have already been digitized will also have a link to their digital form. Please contact head archivist Hermann Teifer for access to collections that are not digitized yet.
Addenda to the John (Hans) and Trude Schiff Collection, AR 25730Catalog RecordPhotographs by John D. Schiff depicting a wide array of artists’ portraits and their works, such as Sidney Alexander; Shusaku Arakawa; Rafaello Busoni; Ludwig Bemelmans; Adolf Dehn; Katherine Dreier; Marcel Duchamp; Marisol Escobar; Richard Vernon Goetz; Theo Hios; Lester Johnson; Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler; Harold Kanowitz; Bella Kaufman; Dikran Kelekian; Sol LeWitt; Louise Nevelson; Lionello Venturi; Abraham Walkowitz; William Carlos Williams; William Zorach; and others. Also included – next to some written documents - are photonegatives depicting art exhibits, artworks, as well as plants and animals.
Louis S. (Ludwig Salomon) Wolf Family Collection, AR 25883Catalog Record | View digital form in the finding aidEncompassing family trees, official and personal documents as well as a broad compilation of photographs pertaining to the genealogical research of the Eckhaus and Wolf families, reaching back to 1803. The collection centers on Louis S. Wolf, his mother Alice, his father Wilhelm (Willi) Wolf and their immediate family members.
Erna and Gustav Katz family collection, AR 25818Catalog RecordPersonal and official documents, correspondence, biographical manuscripts, photographs and other archival materials focus primarily on the lives of Erna, Fred and Henry Katz from Cologne in Germany and in the United States, but the collection also provides information on the extended Katz and Lyon families and their ancestors.
Harriet Hermine Spielberg Collection, AR 25880Catalog RecordThe life of Harriet Spielberg (née Schottländer, widowed Schwarz) in Austria and in the US is documented by an array of official documents; certificates; correspondence; passports; photographs; and – last but not least - two handwritten cookbooks featuring Austrian cuisine. There are also reports from her older son, Eric Schwarz.
Renate Bridenthal family collection, AR 25810Catalog RecordThe collection focuses on Renate Bridenthal's mother, Irene Rubin née Quittner (1902-1963) in Germany and in the United States, holding her vital records, personal and restitution correspondence, as well as drafts of her spiritual writings. Also present are documents related to Renate’s father Elchunon Rubin and to Renate’s and her brother Harribald's early lives and emigration.
Joshua O. Haberman Collection, AR 25870 Catalog RecordCorrespondence, handwritten notes, notebooks and drafts of later-published works on philosophical research and conference lectures document the professional life and scholarship of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman (1919-2017), a refugee who escaped Austria after the Nazi Anschluss in 1938. Rabbi Haberman had a distinguished career as both a champion of theological education and a spiritual leader throughout the United States.
Schickler-Rosenbaum family collection, AR 25736 Catalog RecordHarry Schickler’s life with the German Army during World War I is the focus of this family collection, holding his written memoires and photographs. The collection also contains photographs and other documents of the Schickler and Rosenbaum families.
Leo and Anne Marie Grebler family collection, AR 25872Catalog RecordThe collection records the Greblers’ personal and professional lives in Germany and the United States through correspondence, documents, family histories, writings, and photographs, highlighting their close relationships with their extended family and friends, particularly with Jacob and Marianne Marschak. Writings by Leo Grebler elucidate his career as an economist and his special interest in real estate and housing finance.
Semi Uffenheimer family collection, AR 25892Catalog RecordThe correspondence between Semi Uffenheimer from Breisach in Baden-Württemberg and his sister Flora reveals the terrible effects of Nazi persecution on her and their parents, Anna and Adolf. While Semi escaped to Argentina, his family perished in Gurs, France and other concentration camps. Also included are family trees and related genealogical research; documents relating to Semi’s marriage and life in in Argentina; as well as photographs and postcards.
Lilo Goldenberg Family collection, AR 25799Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThis collection tells the story of Liselotte (Lilo) Thekla Lamm; her parents Leo Lamm and Margarete (Gretel) Lamm née Falk; husbands Norbert Goldenberg, Hans Gerhard Ollendorff, and William (Bill) Thurnauer; their children and grandchildren; and members of their extended families. The families’ lives in Germany, immigration to the United States, and professional, political and philanthropic activities are documented through vital documents, photographs, correspondence, writings, articles, and clippings.
Ewald Schmidt’s Kriegstagebuch, AR 25881Catalog Record | View partial digital form in DigiBaeckThis is Ewald Schmidt’s transcript of his own World War One diary that he wrote as a German infantry soldier on the Baltic front in 1916/17. Years later, when he was a pharmacist in Haifa, the German consulate in Jerusalem awarded him an Iron Cross for his active service.
Oral history Interviews from the Austrian Heritage CollectionThese are interviews with some former Austrian residents, who settled in Massachusetts. Clicking on each name will link to its bibliographic description: Ann Ettlinger; Hanni Myers; George Schaffer; Michael Shinagel; Peter Schur; Stephen Tauber; and Alfred Viola.
Suzanne Schrag collection, AR 25833Catalog RecordMuch of the collection focuses on the lives of family members of the Schrag and Fuchs families, especially as documented in their extensive family correspondence, education certificates, photographs, family trees, and other papers. – Prominent are also the memoirs and other writings of Paul Schrag and the short stories of his uncle, Nathan Sulzberger, who wrote under his nom de plume, D.R. Enness.
Denise Wilde Family collectionCatalog Record (original) | Catalog Record (addenda)The original collection, AR 25189 and its addenda, AR 25877 combine vital records; educational documents; correspondence; photographs; restitution papers and family trees of members of the Wilde and Szymanski families, originally from Berlin – particularly of Bertha Wilde (née Slupecki) and of her son, Herbert Wilde (father of Denise). And because Bertha’s husband Alfred was a friend of the artist and author Heinrich Zille, many of Zille’s books from 1925 to 1927 are held in the Denise Wilde Family Clippings Collection, AR 25189 C.
[On the tracks of Buchenwald-detainee Robert Böhmer], DM 337Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckIn this documentary movie from Vienna, Austria, Robert Böhmer’s son tells the story of his father’s internment in the Nazi concentration camps Dachau and Buchenwald, from May 1938 to April 1939.
Landau family collection, AR 25806Catalog RecordThe Landau family collection paints a vivid picture of a German Jewish family’s fight for restitution after the loss of prime property in Berlin and other parts of the Marianne Landau estate. She was the daughter of the German Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915).
Pinkus Fränkel Ehrlich genealogy research collection, AR 25807 Catalog RecordCorrespondence, genealogical notes, family trees, photographs, a travel diary, and other papers relating to the genealogical research of the Ehrlich, Fränkel, and Pinkus families by Elizabeth Brody and John Peters (né Pinkus).
Hal Stern family collection, AR 25857 Catalog Record The collection documents the emigration and acculturation of the Schwartzbart and Tahl families from southern Germany to the United States, providing original documents reaching back to the 1830s.
Reinheimer family collection, DM 338 Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckTwo very short but treasured snippets of homemade movies from the 1950s, depicting family and religious life in the Washington Heights section of New York City, the refuge and home of German Jewish émigrés since the 1920s.
Two Manuscripts by Carol Terte Gill, DM 331 and DM 332In the first of two richly illustrated manuscripts, the author writes about her aunt, the German-American artist Paula Neufeld; the second manuscript is dedicated to the author’s American born mother, Irene Friedman Terte and her family roots in Germany. Both manuscripts are fully available online.
Edna Ehrlich collection: Person Life, Professional Work and Music Interests, AR 25697 Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe Edna Ehrlich Collection: Personal Life, Professional Work and Music Interests is an extension of the Edna Ehrlich Papers (AR 25639). This collection includes material on the beginnings of the relationship of Edna and Otto Ehrlich prior to their marriage, on Edna Ehrlich’s friendships and personal life, and on her work as a promoter of Asian music in New York. It also includes a small amount of papers related to her professional work.
Berthold M. Herko collection, AR 25834Catalog Record The professional correspondence, family photographs and official documents in this collection pertain to the personal and professional life of the artist Berthold M. Herko and to exhibits of his work. Also included are materials about his related Cohn and Bock family members.
Marianne Steinberg Ostrand collection, AR 25745Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe Marianne Steinberg Ostrand Collection documents the education, emigration, and early professional life of the physician Marianne Steinberg Ostrand as well as the lives of members of her family, especially her husband, engineer Arnold Ostrand, and her mother and siblings, with much documentation of the emigration or attempted emigration from Germany of her family members. About half the collection is correspondence. In addition it contains many educational certificates, official documents, diaries, notebooks, notes, and a friendship album, travel memorabilia, and newspaper clippings and articles.
Kirby Kantor Fuchs family collection, AR 25817Catalog Record Vital records, official certificates, photographs and other archival materials pertaining to the family of Fred Kirby (Friedrich Kantor) and Lisa Kirby née Fuchs, originally from Vienna and from Prague, respectively.
Eric Kruh collection, AR 25816Catalog RecordPersonal and professional correspondence, official documents and lecture notes of college teacher Eric Kruh originally from Vienna, including his early years in Austria, his life in England, Canada and in New York.
Ella and Ernst Stern collection, AR 25860Catalog RecordOfficial records and papers of the married couple Ella Stern née Kalt and Ernst (Ernö) Stern, touching on their careers in Vienna until 1938 and describing their own dressmaking business in Manhattan after their immigration to the United States.
Eva Krafft Kahn collection, AR 25749Catalog RecordPersonal papers, school materials and a friendship book of Eva Kahn, née Krafft in Eger (today Cheb, Czech Republic) and then in Chicago, Illinois, as well as materials describing the lives of her extended family.
Oral history Interviews from the Austrian Heritage Collection These are interviews with former Austrian residents, who retired to Florida. Clicking on each name will link to its bibliographic description: Josefine Koch; Erika Leib; Lilly Lewis; Elsa Schwarz; Manuela Stern; Herta Walcoff; Doris Weiss; Vera Woolf; Bella Wyman; and Janet Zwiebel.
Atomic Spice / by Mary Flowers, DM 329Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe memoirs of an English Lady, who during her two marriages witnessed the development of the British atomic bomb.
Gertrude Hammerschlag Berg, AR 25862 Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckCorrespondence and some official documents pertaining to Gertrude Hammerschlag, her parents and others from her forced emigration from Vienna until after the war.Also included is a sound recording of "An evening with Trudy Berg: Jimmy Berg’s life in cabaret songs and chansons".
Weiss-Frohsinn family collection, AR 25783Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckOfficial documents, correspondence, photographs and other papers of the Weiss and Frohsinn families, with a focus on the life of the gymnastics teacher Lily Frohsinn (née Weiss).
Expulsion : research material, AR 25876Catalog RecordPhotocopies from various books and other publications, interspersed with notes, about the expulsion of Jews in parts of Europe during the middle ages and in early modern times.
[Photos of Emil Ludwig], AR 12114Catalog Record21 snapshots of the writer Emil Ludwig and his wife (?) in their house in Ascona, Switzerland, circa 1947.
[Mount Pleasant]: Record of plots, AR 12115Catalog RecordBurial plots of members of the Société Israélite Française in Section 13 of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Westchester County, NY; circa 1984.
[Otto Kuehnel], ME 1691Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe story of Otto Heinz Kühnel, born in Vienna in 1912, told by his brother, Max Knight, quoting liberally from Otto's eye-witness accounts in his correspondence. Also included in the text are explanatory remarks by Max Knight’s son, Anthony.
Rudolph E. Friedman collection, AR 25803Catalog RecordThe Rudolph E. Friedman collection holds the papers and correspondence of the businessman Rudolph E. Friedman. The collection includes extensive correspondence, some official documents and personal papers, and his American military papers. Information on his family members is also present, especially through his correspondence.
The German Judaica collection of Yosef Goldman, AR 25802Catalog RecordA collection of printed rare German Judaica assembled by the scholar and collector Yosef Goldman. The collection consists of books, pamphlets, and decrees.