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Walter and Edith Pelz Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10116

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a wide variety of official papers and personal correspondence of Walter and Edith Pelz before, during, and after World War II. Much of the correspondence is between prominent personalities in the journalism and arts world of that era.

The first two folders contain personal documents of Walter and Edith Pelz. These include birth, marriage, and death certificates, also for their parents generation, as well as employment documents, reference letters, Iron Cross award certificate, and other similar identity papers. The documents in folder 3 demonstrate the various challenges in terms of employment and being registered as aliens confronting the Pelz's during their early years in the United States. Folder 4 contains documents related to their efforts to secure a visa and travel possibilities for Edith's mother, Julie Böhm. These efforts were eventually unsuccessful and Mrs. Böhm was deported in 1942 and killed.

Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, provided the affadavit for the Pelz's, enabling their emigration. Folders 5, 6, and 7 contain personal correspondence with Sulzberger and his wife, with the journalist Louis Lochner and his wife, and with the German Pastor Heinrich Grüber, all of whom were personal friends of the Pelz. Folder 8 contains miscellaneous post-war personal and business correspondence and papers including their naturalization certificates.

Of particular interest is the album of clippings in folder 9 made to commemorate conductor and composer Leo Blech's 60th birthday in 1931. This album also contains loose notecards, letters, sketches, and photographs from various prominent musician personalities including Heinrich Grünfeld, Eugen d'Albert, Wilhelm Kienzl, Erich Wolfgang Kornfeld, Siegfried Wagner, and Emil Nikolaus Reznicek.

Dates

  • 1892-1959

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English and German.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Walter Pelz was born in 1888 in Berlin. Following an apprenticeship with the Rudolf Mosse publishing house in 1903, he quickly moved up the ladder within the company, becoming the managing director of the Berlin offices. He served in the German army in World War I and was awarded an Iron Cross. In 1935 he married Edith Flora Böhm, a sculptor, born 1899 in Berlin-Schöneberg. In 1941 he and Edith emigrated to the United States. The publisher of the New York Times, Arthur H. Sulzberger, provided the required affadavit. After an initial period in New York, they eventually settled in Los Angeles and worked in photography. Their circle of friends included numerous prominent journalists and artists.

Extent

9 Folders

Abstract

The collection contains a wide variety of official papers and personal correspondence of Walter and Edith Pelz before, during, and after World War II. Much of the correspondence is between prominent personalities in the journalism and arts world of that era.

Separated Material

Photographs of Heinrich Grüber and Leo Blech have been removed to Photograph Collection. To see photographs click here.
Title
Guide to the Walter and Edith Pelz Collection, 1892-1959  AR 10116
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Julie Dawson
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 23, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States