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Heinrich Stahl Collection

Identifier: AR 7171

Scope and Content Note

The items in this collection primarily document the work of Heinrich Stahl as the chairman of the Berlin Jewish community. Other topics encountered in this collection include Jewish relief organizations, and Stahl's work in the insurance industry.

Material pertaining to Heinrich Stahl's role as head of the Jewish community of Berlin will be found in several places in the collection. The biographies located in Series I focus on this portion of Stahl's life. His involvement with Jewish organizations will be seen through the address he gave at the Alte Synagoge in Berlin and the correspondence with community members found in Series II.

This collection also contains extensive material on the work of Jewish relief organizations during Nazi Germany, mainly in the form of photo albums located in Series III. These albums contain photographs of several children's homes and institutions as well as of the Jüdische Winterhilfe offices on Rosenstrasse in Berlin. In addition, this series also holds albums of old-age homes, including the Heinrich Stahl-Heim. A few documents pertaining to the Heinrich Stahl-Heim is also available in Series I: Personal.

Some documentation of Heinrich Stahl's position as an insurance executive can also be found in this collection. Most of this is among his business correspondence, located in Series II; brief mention of this role will also be found among the biographical clippings in Series I.


  • Creation: 1926-1970
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1932-1939


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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

Heinrich Stahl was born in Berlin-Rudow on April 13, 1868. For much of his life, he worked as an insurance executive, including with the Viktoria Versicherungsgesellschaft in Berlin, and was also involved in Jewish communal affairs. In 1933 he was elected chairman of the Berlin Jewish community. Stahl was very involved in assisting Berlin Jews in leaving Germany, and in this capacity worked with many organizations, including the Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland. On June 11, 1942 Heinrich Stahl was deported from Berlin with his wife Jenny. He died in Theresienstadt in November 1942 of a lung infection at the age of 75.


1.25 Linear Feet


This collection documents the work of Heinrich Stahl, chairman of the Jewish community in Berlin from 1933-1942. The collection contains eleven photo albums, most of which feature photographs detailing Jewish institutions such as children's homes and old-age homes, as well as an office of the Jüdische Winterhilfe. In addition, the collection contains correspondence, including from Stahl's time as chairman, clippings, and a few reports.

Other Finding Aid

An older paper finding aid is available for parts of the collection.

Separated Material

All but one of the photo albums belonging to this collection are stored separately from the documents of this collection.

Guide to the Papers of Heinrich Stahl (1868-1942) 1926-1970 AR 7171
Processed by LBI Staff and Dianne Ritchey Oummia
© 2005
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from HeinrichStahl.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 17, 2012 : 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