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New 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.


Marianne Steinberg Ostrand Collection, AR 25745
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The 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.

Eva Krafft Kahn collection, AR 25749
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Personal papers, school materials and a friendship book of Eva Kahn, née Krafft from Eger (today Cheb, Czechoslovakia) and later Chicago, Illinois. There are also correspondence, photographs, a baby journal and an autograph album from Eva Kahn’s husband Stephen Martin Kahn and members of their family.

Kirby Kantor Fuchs family collection, AR 25817
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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 25816
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Personal 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 25860
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Official 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 25749
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Personal 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 329
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The memoirs of an English Lady, who during her two marriages witnessed the development of the British atomic bomb.

Gertrude Hammerschlag Berg, AR 25862
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Correspondence 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 25783
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Official 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 25876
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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
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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
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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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Growing up in Berlin, spending blessed summers in the Lithuanian village of Sandkrug; experiencing Kristallnacht; and immigrating to the United States.

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.

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