Professional Correspondence – Various, 1934-1936
Scope and Content Note
This series predominantly presents different elements of Kaufmann's professional life between the years of 1934 and 1936. During this period Kaufmann faced increasing professional restrictions under the Nazi Regime. Consequently he saw himself forced to look for new alternatives within his profession and discovered them by becoming involved in several adult education programs in cooperation with the Oberrat der Israeliten and different city rabbinates. The relating correspondence is contained in Folder 3, in addition to correspondence concerning financial issues, primarily conducted with the Zentralstelle für jüdische Wirtschaftshilfe.
Fritz Kaufmann's lectures were announced in the Israelitisches Gemeindeblatt (Folder 1). Also present is correspondence conducted with the Baden magazine's editorial office. In the same period, Kaufmann got involved more intensely in two learning circles in Stümpfelbrunn and Bad Dürrhheim, where he began giving courses regularly. Correspondence associated with the two learning circles, as well as minutes of a lecture convention in Stümpfelbrunn of August 1934 are documented in Folder 4.
Folder 2 offers a non-focused general insight in the life of Fritz Kaufmann. It comprises diverse documents, such as a self-written curriculum vitae, a list of Kaufmann's published works, two lecture texts, and obituaries of Fritz Kaufmann taken from different newspapers. Furthermore, shorthand notes of Kaufmann, made on the last day of his life concerning his project at the time, the introduction to Leo Baeck's Aus drei Jahrtausenden, as well as the longhand transcription of the notes by Robert Weltsch, are included.
Language of Materials
The collection is in German, English, and Hebrew.
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