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Bar Kochba-Theodor Herzl Prague Academic Association Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6465

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a comprehensive or nearly comprehensive collection of the newsletter sent regularly to former members of the Bar Kochba and Theodor Herzl academic associations of Prague which existed in the first part of the 20th century. The newsletter was published from 1953-1977 at irregular intervals multiple times throughout the year. Numerous prominent writers, scientists, lawyers, doctors, and other men and women of note stemming from German-speaking families of Bohemia published historical, political, and scientific essays, articles, and letters in the pages of the internationally-distributed newsletter. The newsletters in this collection were mailed to Robert Weltsch, a member and frequent contributor.

Folder 21 contains one issue of the Korrespondenzblatt der "Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Zionistische Realpolitik" ( 1931 ), an essay on the Blau-Weiss group by Richard Karpe (undated), and loose pages from an undated newsletter.

Dates

  • 1931-1977

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Czech, Hebrew 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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

The organization was initially founded as a Zionist association in 1893 and called the Maccabi Association. In 1896 the name was changed to the Verein der jüdischen Hochschüler in Prag (Association of Jewish Academics in Prague) and the statutes were changed to no longer identify as exclusively Zionist. In 1899 the name was once more altered to Bar Kochba, with the longer name kept as a subtitle; the statutes now embraced cultural Zionism and the leadership was primarily German-speaking. In 1904 some members founded Barissia, which in contrast championed political Zionism (folder 20 contains newsletters to former Barissia members). Finally, in 1909 another association of Zionist academics was founded, the Theodor Herzl Association of Czech-Speaking Jews. The newsletters in this collection were addressed to and written by members or former members of all these associations, who maintained close contact throughout their lives. For a fuller history of the organization, see the article in the YIVO Encyclopedia .

Extent

21 Folders

Abstract

The collection contains a comprehensive or nearly comprehensive collection of the newsletter sent regularly to former members of the Bar Kochba and Theodor Herzl academic associations of Prague which existed in the first part of the 20th century. Numerous prominent writers, scientists, lawyers, doctors, and other men and women of note stemming from German-speaking families of Bohemia published historical, political, and scientific essays, articles, and letters in the pages of the internationally-distributed newsletter. The newsletters in this collection were mailed to Robert Weltsch, a member and frequent contributor.

Related Material

See also Robert Weltsch Collection , AR 7185 , especially box 1, folder 11.
Title
Guide to the Bar Kochba-Theodor Herzl Prague Academic Association Collection, 1931-1977  AR 6465
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 29, 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