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Newly Archival Collections at the Leo Baeck Institute

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.


Expulsion : research material
Catalog Record
Photocopies 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 12114
Catalog Record
21 snapshots of the writer Emil Ludwig and his wife (?) in their house in Ascona, Switzerland, circa 1947.

[Mount Pleasant]: Record of plots, AR 12115
Catalog Record
Burial plots of members of the Société Israélite Française in Section 13 of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Westchester County, NY; circa 1984.

[Otto Kuehnel], ME 1691
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The 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 25803
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The 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.

Lilo Goldenberg Family collection, AR 25799
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This 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.

Ausland-Absatz nach Ländern und Büchern, AR 25852
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17 small folders, each containing 1-5 handwritten charts (copies reduced in size), representing export statistics of books from the Schocken publishing house. Also included is a chart pertaining to the Jewish training farm on the Schocken estate Gut-Winkel. Recipients of copies included S. [Salman] Schocken; Th. [Theodore] Schocken; Dir. [Jacob] Spiro; and Dr. [Lambert] Schneider. - The folders are wrapped in a plastic folder with a handwritten label, “Schocken Verlag 1931-38”.

The German Judaica collection of Yosef Goldman, AR 25802
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A collection of printed rare German Judaica assembled by the scholar and collector Yosef Goldman. The collection consists of books, pamphlets, and decrees.

Hotel Colombia : My family's immigration story, ME 1689
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The story details the author’s maternal family's move to Colombia from the Rhineland in the late 1930s; their lives in Bogotá and Cali; and their move to the US in the mid-1960s.

Samuel Gundesheimer collection, AR 12111
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Handwritten school-notebook labeled “Geometrie für Samuel Gundersheimer“; 1899. Also included are two medals [for Samuel Gundersheimer] in honor of fighting in World War I.

Hans Winterfeldt collection, AR 12112
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Three short typescripts containing a short autobiography by Hans Winterfeldt in German, as well as his observations pertaining to Jews in Germany in German and English; 1991-2001. Also included are letters from him to the author Hubert Ruebsaat about the possibility of publishing Winterfeldt’s writings in Germany; 1990-2007.

Inge's story of the Holocaust : Before and after the Kindertransport, ME 1688
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Memoirs touching on the author’s upbringing in Germany under Nazi-rule and her escape to England. Also included is a 3-page report by Ann Levy, the daughter of the author’s foster parents in Manchester, England.

My Story / by Bertel Kugelman Borowsky, ME 16890
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Bertel Borowsky, née Kugelman was born in a small (unnamed) town in Germany in 1924, where she grew up and lived until 1938. She then lived with relatives in Marburg and in Hamburg until 1943, when she was deported to Theresienstadt, then to Auschwitz and then to the labor camp Lenzing near Mauthausen. Her parents perished in the Holocaust.

Isidor and Ida Straus memorial collection, AR 25840
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The Isidor and Ida Straus memorial collection holds bound scrapbooks with approximately 1,000 newspaper clippings each, pertaining to this New York society couple and their tragic death on board of the ship ‘Titanic’. The newspaper articles are primarily from the US press accompanied by a few international papers in English with some French and German; April 1912 through April 1915.

Salier Family collection, AR 25792
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The Salier Family collection holds papers of members of the Salier family as well as related families, such as the Alexander, Lipmann, and Lehmann families. The collection consists primarily of official, educational, and professional documents of family members, along with a small amount of family correspondence, a few photographs, family writing, newspaper clippings and articles, a cookbook, and a friendship album.

Memoirs of Baronne Hildegard von Gumppenberg, DM 327
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Two original German manuscripts and their English translations, describing the author’s escape from Nazi Germany and her subsequent life underground.

[translating my MOZART] : [correspondence to Marion Faber] 1978-1981, AR 12110
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Correspondence from Wolfgang Hildesheimer to Marion Faber in the late 1970s, as she was translating his biography “Mozart” into English.

George Ehret Brewer wall calendar 1924, AR 12109
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A badly preserved wall calendar for the year 1924 issued by “George Ehret Brewer”, advertising on 12 monthly pages “George Ehret’s Extra”.

Ella Stern collection, AR 25860
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Vital records, education certificates and business documents pertaining to Ella Stern née Kalt and to her husband Ernst (Ernö) Stern; 1909-1979. Also included are US political pamphlets, circa 1937.

A passenger and baggage document from 1939 / By Faith Beckerman Goldman, MS 1093
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Five typescripts pertaining to Shanghai-born Robert Goldman (1940-1994), including an obituary, by his widow, Faith Ann Goldman. Also included is the original baggage slip from the Dutch airline KLM for Mr. N. [Noah] Goldman on his flight from Marseille to Bangkok on February 5, 1939.

A childhood under Hitler : Going forward, looking back / By Gaby Kopelman, ME 1684
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Frank families collection, AR 11941
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Photocopied writings by Richard Frank, who survived the Holocaust in Leipzig; and by his sister, Hedwig Ems, who was deported to Theresienstadt.

Raphael Kahn collection, AR 25828
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Photographs and manuscripts pertaining to Raphael Kahn and his parents, Mirjam Kahn (née Irma Glogau) and the science writer Fritz Kahn.

Michael A. Meyer’s Papers, AR 25850
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The collection holds mainly correspondence and minutes pertaining to Meyer’s involvement with Leo Baeck Institutes and its branches in England, Germany, Israel and in New York, beginning with his presidency of LBI International in 1991 and reaching until preparations for LBI’s 50th anniversary in 2005.

Oral history Interviews from the Austrian Heritage Collection
These are interviews with former Austrian residents. Clicking on each name will link to its bibliographic description: Eva Desrosiers; Ernest Peter Geiduschek; Hertha Gorlick; Eva Irera; Alfred A. Meisels; George Oberlander; Paul Schatzberg; Trudy Schonberger; Carl Steiner; Joseph Sucher; Elizabeth Van Dyk; Harry Walter; Kurt Wechsler; and Herbert Felix Weiss

Gertrude Knopf family collection, AR 11692
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Correspondence to Gertrude (Trude) Münzer (later Knopf) in Palestine from her parents and her siblings in Austria, who all perished in the Holocaust.

Silent places : A pilgrimage / by Gert Berliner, ME 1686
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Photographs of former death camps, ghettos, etc., accompanied by sayings of known authors. - Photographed and text selected in 1968 by Gert Berliner.

Meine Begegnung mit Adjutant-Chef Veroff, alias Techow, auf dem Fort St. Jean der franzoesischen Fremdenlegion im Jahre 1940 / Niedergeschrieben von Hans W. Rathenau am 27. Dezember 1964, ME 1686
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Report by Hans Rathenau, first cousin once removed of Walther Rathenau, about his encounter with one of Walther Rathenau’s assassins, Ernst Werner Techow.

Ernst Heumann family collection ; 1843-1999, AR 25752
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Personal correspondence; official, educational and personal documents; family trees; family writings; travel memorabilia; and other documentation from three generations of the related Messer, van Gelder, Oppenheim and Haas families, with an emphasis on the businessman Ernst Heumann and his wife Hedi née Messer.

Schueler – Spitz wedding collection, AR 12106
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Various archival materials from the wedding of Alfred Schüler and Hedwig Spitz in Breslau (today Wrocław, Poland), on June 28, 1915; and from the wedding of Martha Spitz and Rabbi Georg Wilde, 1918.

Marion Rosenthal Biel collection, AR 25703
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Papers documenting Marion Rosenthal's life in Germany, in Britain and in New York; as well as documents about her husband Frederick (Fritz) Biel, who served as an interpreter in the US Army during World War II.

Judith Marcus and Zoltán Tarr collection, AR 25653
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This collection encompasses the life and work of married Hungarian sociologists Judith Marcus and Zoltán Tarr, and their contributions to the work of the German sociologist Werner J. Cahnman after his death in 1980. The bulk of the material primarily dates after Marcus’ and Tarr’s immigration to the United States around 1960. It is comprised of their own research material in subject areas such as the Frankfurt School of Social Research, as well as primary source material from the estate of Werner J. Cahnman. The Cahnman material was used to publish some of his unpublished books and also for use in Marcus’ and Tarr’s unfinished Cahnman biography project.

Auerbach Rivers family collection, AR 25758
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Genealogical research materials pertaining to the Auerbach, Fass, Bergstein and related families

Claire Sinnreich collection, AR 5102
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Diaries, poetry, and correspondence of the writer Claire Sinnreich in the Bukovina from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Baum family collection, AR 25824
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Vital records and other original archival materials pertaining to Eugen Julius Baum and his immediate family in Germany, the Netherlands, Haiti and in the USA.

Stolpersteine in Bruchsal 2018 : Laying July 5th, AR 12108
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Two video compact discs, documenting the ceremonies in the town of Bruchsal, Germany on July 5, 2018, commemorating 18 victims of the Holocaust from six families.

Dr. Max O. Friedlaender : Lebenserinnerungen, AR 25846
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The edited version of Max Friedlaender’s autobiography mentions his early upbringing in Bromberg, Prussia; his studies in various German universities, primarily in Berlin and Munch; his marriage to Bella Forchheimer; his early contributions to the German Bar Association, Deutscher Anwaltverein‏; and the activities of his law firm in Munich during World War I, the ‘Bavarian Soviet Republic’, throughout the years of the Weimar Republic, and the beginning of the Nazi era until Kristallnacht. In 1938, Friedlaender emigrated via Switzerland to England.

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