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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.
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.
Louis S. (Ludwig Salomon) Wolf Family Collection, AR 25883Catalog RecordEncompassing 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.
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.
Pinkus Fränkel Ehrlich genealogy research collection, AR 25807Catalog RecordCorrespondence, notes, family trees, photographs and other documents focusing on the genealogical research of the related Ehrlich, Fränkel, and Pinkus families.
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.
Lilo Goldenberg Family collection, AR 25799Catalog RecordThis 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 25852Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeck17 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 25802Catalog RecordA 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 1689Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe 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 12111Catalog RecordHandwritten 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 12112Catalog RecordThree 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 1688Catalog RecordMemoirs 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 16890Catalog RecordBertel 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 25840Catalog Record | View digital form in DigiBaeckThe 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 25792Catalog RecordThe 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 327Catalog Record | View digital form in DigibaeckTwo original German manuscripts and their English translations, describing the author’s escape from Nazi Germany and her subsequent life underground.