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Max Buxpan Collection

Identifier: AR 6141

Scope and Content Note

The material of the Max Buxpan Collection consists of letters, postcards, newspaper articles, speeches, handwritten books and photos which relate to the history of the family as well as its historical and political background. The first series of the collection assembles the correspondence of Max Buxpan, his sister Paula, Hella Buxpan and other family members, who compared notes with Karl Hollik and Hedwig Herzka on the family's immigration and the life after the war in addition to condolences. The second series includes other personal documents which belong to the Buxpan family, for example the memorial album (Traueralbum) of Josef Buxspan, father of Max Buxpan, or the birth certificate of Pauline (Paula) Buxpan. The third series holds poems and handwritten notes of Max Buxpan such as two handwritten books which include essays about Jewish life and Jewish questions. Most of them are Russian translations. The fourth series collects material about the First World War. There are a lot of postcards which show warfare and war crimes in Germany, Austria, Russia and Poland. Most of the artwork is satirical. The fifth series focuses on the time when Max Buxpan was a prisoner of war in Siberia. It includes newspaper articles, photographs and personal documents. The sixth series includes documents about the Second World War. It holds speeches of Winston Churchill from the 1940s as well as a lot of newspaper articles which discuss the time after the war and the trials of war criminals. The last series of this collection centers the media reporting about the Second World War and Gustav Mahler. The items are sorted in topical albums.


  • Creation: 1896-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1914-1970


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, French, Russian, Hungarian and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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

The physician Max J. Buxpan, formerly Buxspan, was born in Austria. Between 1916 and 1920 he was a prisoner of war in Siberia. Buxpan immigrated to the United States in 1938. He died in New York City.


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The Max Buxpan Collection sketches the biography of Max Buxpan and his family. The collection centers on the correspondence of Buxpan family members and associated friends. Most of these documents date from the 1930s until the 1960s, including the time of immigration. Buxpan also collected a lot of material about the First and Second World Wars and the immediate periods thereafter, primarily postcards and newspaper articles.

Related Material

The LBI Archives also hold the following collections:

  1. That’s me (Max Buxpan), Photographs [ALB-OS 51]
  2. Arthur David Kahn: My story as a prisoner of war in Siberia (1915–1920) [ME 1123]

Processing Information

The collection was previously arranged in several folders and has retained this arrangement. Series adjustments and descriptions were added during processing in 2011.

Guide to the Papers of Max Buxpan 1896-1983 AR 6141
Processed by Maria Neumann
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from MaxBuxpan.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 03, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States