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Emil Ludwig Collection

Identifier: AR 3441

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the professional life of the author and journalist Emil Ludwig. There are only a few personal papers, such as biographical informational, contracts with publishers, documents concerning his tax affairs and his last will, which can be found in Series I.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence (Series II). Subseries 1 holds letters between Emil Ludwig and Abraham Tulin, his attorney in the United States, which are mainly related to Ludwig's immigration and the arrangement of new publishing contracts. Subseries 2 contains correspondence between Ludwig's attorneys Block and Tulin and publishers, lawyers and literary agents.

Series III holds writings by Emil Ludwig, such as manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings and offprints.


  • 1925-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1925-1948


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011


Biographical Note

Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau (now Worcaw, Poland) in 1881. He studied law, but chose writing as a career. He began as a dramatist and mainly wrote plays and novellas, while also working as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland. During World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. In the 1920s, he became well-known for his biographies, which combined fact, fiction and psychological analysis. His subjects included Goethe (1920), Bismarck (1922-1924), Napoleon (1925), and Michelangelo (1930). He also achieved international fame, and his novels were translated into 25 languages. Joseph Goebbels, who mentioned him in his journal, considered his writings dangerous. Consequently, Ludwig's books were amoung those burned by the Nazis on May 10, 1933.

In 1940, Emil Ludwig immigrated to the United States, where he continued to write. During his time in New York, he published The Mediterranean (1942), How to Treat the Germans (1943), and The Moral Conquest of Germany (1945). He returned to Switzerland after the war and died in Moscio, Italy, in 1948.


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This collection documents the professional life of the author and journalist Emil Ludwig. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with lawyers and publishers regarding his writings. In addition, there are a few personal documents and manuscripts of his writings.


The collection is organized into four series.

  1. Series I: Biography and Personal Documents, 1925-1948
  2. Series II: Correspondence, 1933-1948
  3. Subseries 1: Correspondence between Emil Ludwig and Abraham Tulin, 1937-1948
  4. Subseries 2: Correspondence between Ludwig's Attorneys and Publishers, 1933-1945
  5. Series III: Manuscripts and Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1962
  6. Series IV: Various, 1943-1962
Guide to the Papers of Emil Ludwig (1881-1948), 1925-1962 (bulk 1925-1948)   AR 3441
Processed by Richard Goebelt
© 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States