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Robert Weltsch Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7185 / MF 491

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with family members, including letters from the front in World War I and from later years, and with other individuals, including: Solomon Adler-Rudel, Alexander Altmann, Hannah Arendt, Chaim Arlosoroff, Leo Baeck, David Baumgardt, Hugo Bergmann, Isaiah Berlin, Siegfried Bernfeld, Kurt Blumenfeld, Ilse Blumenthal-Weiss, Julie Braun-Vogelstein, Hermann Broch, Max Brod, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Amos Elon, Joseph Cardinal Frings, Manfred George, Nahum Glatzer, Nahum Goldmann, Georg Halpern, Ernst Hamburger, Hugo Hermann, Erich von Kahler, Siegmund Kaznelson, Hans Kohn, Max Kreutzberger, Gustav Krojanker, Georg Landauer, Gustav Landauer, Miriam Beer-Hofmann Lens, Hans Liebeschuetz, Gerda Luft, Judah Magnes, Heinrich Margulies, Siegfried Moses, Koppel Pinson, Joachim Prinz, Eva Reichmann, Felix Rosenblueth (later Pinchas Rosen), Gustav Schocken, Salman Schocken, Gershom Scholem, Werner David Senator, Ernst Simon, Christoph Stoelzl, Hans Tramer, Johannes Urzidil, Max Warburg, Chaim Weizmann, Felix Weltsch, and Arnold Zweig.

Correspondence of Weltsch as editor of Juedische Rundschau and Juedische Welt-Rundschau; correspondence on Zionist affairs, in particular on the 1929 Arab uprising in Palestine and its repercussions.

Personal papers of Robert Weltsch and other family members, including his diaries and notebooks from various periods, and of his father, Theodor Weltsch, from the 1870s; manuscripts and other material on Jewish life in Prague.

Speeches, reports, essays, and journalistic dispatches by Weltsch on Zionism, Jewish-Arab and Jewish-German relations, displaced persons in post-World War II Europe, the Nuremberg war crimes trials, and the founding of the State of Israel; clippings of articles by Weltsch.

Clippings and manuscripts by others on Zionism and Jewish affairs, including a report by Hans Kohn on Zionist activities among former POWs in Siberia in 1919, and a 1915 speech by Moshe Smilansky.

Records of the Komitee fuer den Osten concerning the situation of East European Jewry at the end of World War I, including memoranda by Max Bodenheimer and Franz Oppenheimer; records of the Verband Juedischer Studentenvereine in Deutschland from the 1920s and of the Jewish student fraternity Bar Kochba, Prague, including reports, minutes, membership lists, and correspondence of its Israeli alumni association; correspondence and minutes of Brith Shalom, an organization which favored Arab-Jewish cooperation and a bi-national state, and Ha-Poel Ha-Zair, a Zionist labor party; correspondence of the Zionistische Vereinigung fuer Deutschland and of Aliyah Hadasha, a German-Jewish party in the Yishuv.

Papers of Solomon Adler-Rudel, including records of the Arbeiterfuersorgeamt der juedischen Organisationen Deutschlands and of Poalei Zion, relating to East European Jewish workers in Germany, their working and living conditions and political activities; correspondence and other material on the Evian Conference and on emigration from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and from German-occupied Europe during World War II, including reports of the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany; research notes and manuscripts by Adler Rudel for his biography of Baron Maurice de Hirsch.

Manuscript: "Max Brod and his Age". 1969; English, 37 p.; typed, xeroxed. Lecture on the development of Jewish consciousness in a western, educated, assimilated man.

Addenda: Letter from Weltsch (1980)

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Alpert, Carl; Arlosoroff, Gerda; Bodenheimer, Max; Hirsch, Maurice de; Kafka, Franz; Oppenheimer, Franz; Smilansky, Moshe; Tietz, Ludwig; Weltsch, Theodor; Wittkower, Rudolf.

Dates

  • 1770-1997

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Hebrew, Czech, English, Yiddish, and Greek.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Collection is microfilmed; use MF 491.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Born in Prague on June 20, 1891, Robert Weltsch was active as a student in Zionist youth groups. After World War I he moved to Berlin, where he edited the German Zionist newspaper Juedische Rundschau from 1919 to 1938. In 1939 he emigrated to Palestine where he edited the Juedische Welt-Rundschau, 1939-1940. In 1945, Weltsch moved to London, where he was correspondent of the daily Ha-aretz, one of the founders of the Leo Baeck Institute, and editor of its Yearbook, 1956-1971. He returned to Israel in 1978 and died in Jerusalem on December 22, 1982.

Extent

10 Linear Feet

Abstract

Correspondence with family members and with other individuals; correspondence of Weltsch as editor of Juedische Rundschau and Juedische Welt-Rundschau; correspondence on Zionist affairs; personal papers of Robert Weltsch and other family members; manuscripts and other material on Jewish life in Prague; speeches, reports, essays, and journalistic dispatches by Weltsch on Zionism, Jewish-Arab and Jewish-German relations, displaced persons in post-World War II Europe, the Nuremberg war crimes trials, and the founding of the State of Israel; clippings of articles by Weltsch; clippings and manuscripts by others on Zionism and Jewish affairs; records of the Komitee fuer den Osten concerning the situation of East European Jewry at the end of World War I; records of the Verband Juedischer Studentenvereine in Deutschland from the 1920s and of the Jewish student fraternity Bar Kochba, Prague, including reports, minutes, membership lists, and correspondence of its Israeli alumni association; correspondence and minutes of Brith Shalom, an organization which favored Arab-Jewish cooperation and a bi-national state, and Ha-Poel Ha-Zair, a Zionist labor party; correspondence of the Zionistische Vereinigung fuer Deutschland and of Aliyah Hadasha, a German-Jewish party in the Yishuv; papers of Solomon Adler-Rudel; correspondence and other material on the Evian Conference and on emigration from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and from German-occupied Europe during World War II, including reports of the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany; research notes and manuscripts by Adler Rudel for his biography of Baron Maurice de Hirsch; manuscript: "Max Brod and his Age". 1969; lecture on the development of Jewish consciousness in a western, educated, assimilated man.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 31 reels of microfilm (MF 491).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/20
  2. Reel 2: 1/21 - 1/40
  3. Reel 3: 1/41 - 1/55
  4. Reel 4: 1/56 - 2/5
  5. Reel 5: 2/6 - 2/13
  6. Reel 6: 2/14 - 2/20
  7. Reel 7: 2/21 - 2/24
  8. Reel 8: 2/25 - 2/30
  9. Reel 9: 3/1 - 3/11
  10. Reel 10: 3/12 - 3/15
  11. Reel 11: 3/16 - 3/20
  12. Reel 12: 3/21 - 3/25
  13. Reel 13: 3/26 - 4/4
  14. Reel 14: 4/5 - 4/15
  15. Reel 15: 4/16 - 4/37
  16. Reel 16: 4/38 - 5/5
  17. Reel 17: 5/6 - 5/17
  18. Reel 18: 5/18 - 5/27
  19. Reel 19: 5/28 - 6/2
  20. Reel 20: 6/3 - 6/9
  21. Reel 21: 6/10 - 6/12
  22. Reel 22: 6/13 - 6/18
  23. Reel 23: 6/19 - 7/8
  24. Reel 24: 7/9 – 7/14
  25. Reel 25: 7/15 - 7/23
  26. Reel 26: 7/24 - 8/4
  27. Reel 27: 8/5 - 8/10
  28. Reel 28: 8/11 - 8/17
  29. Reel 29: 8/18 - 9/3
  30. Reel 30: 9/4 - 9/10
  31. Reel 31: 9/11 - 9/13
Title
Robert Weltsch Collection, 1770-1997   AR 7185 / MF 491
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-05-14 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl
  • March 2010:: Updated Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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