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Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) WWII Papers

 Collection — Container: Consolidated Box P30, Folder: P-994
Identifier: P-994

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of photographs from Rabbi Haselkorn’s time stationed in France in 1944. Many of the photographs were taken at Château de Méhoncourt in Le Mans, France. The collection includes fifty-five black and white photographs, fifteen uncancelled postcards, fabric with blue eagle atop swastika (official Nazi symbol), two psychological operations (PSYOP) leaflets, two French newspaper clippings, a ten franc note from 1944, an advertisement for playhouses in London, a London playbill, a program for the Führer’s birthday in France, an event invitation, a bookstore pamphlet, a program for Thanksgiving in the Loire Section of France, 1944 and three personal letters. The collection is mainly in English, with some items in French and German.


  • undated, 1944


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Biographical Note

Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn1

Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) was a Jewish military chaplain in World War II. A Reform rabbi, he graduated from the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He served as rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY before enlisting in the army in 1942. He was stationed in France in 1944 and Germany in 1945. He worked with Jewish displaced persons, many of them survivors of concentration camps.


  1. Philip S. Bernstein, "Jewish Chaplains in World War II," accessed January 7, 2015,>.
  2. Alex Grobman, "American Jewish Chaplains and the Shearit Hapletah: April-June 1945," in Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual 1 Chapter 05 (the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1997), accessed January 7, 2015,>.
  3. "Abraham Haselkorn papers, 1940-1980," Collection BANC MSS 2010/549, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, accessed January 7, 2015,>.


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Language of Materials





This collection documents the time Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn spent stationed overseas during World War II. Photographs include those of comrades and soldiers, as well as refugees. Scenes include daily life as well as religious services.


The collection is arranged into one series by material type.

Physical Location

Collection is located in Consolidated Box P30.

Acquisition Information

Donated by David Sokolow, 2008.

Guide to the Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) World War II Papers, undated, 1944   P-994
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Revision Statements

  • November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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