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Series II: Sondheimer Family, undated, 1801-2002, bulk: 1938-1960


Scope and Contents

This series contains materials relating to Jakob Sondheimer and his family, particularly his daughter Miriam Gerber. Documents include two German essays by Jacob Sondheimer, the Chronologische Reihenfolge der Vertreibung der Pfälzisch-Badischen Juden im Oktober 1940 (the Chronological Order of the Expulsion of the Pfalz-Baden Jews in October 1940) and Das Refugee – Settlement "Sosúa" (also in English translation); official documents, visas, and safe conduct passes relating to the Sondheimer's family expulsion from Germany, internment at Gurs, and trip via Lisbon to Sosúa; and clippings, ephemera, and photographs of the reunions in Sosúa celebrating the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the founding of the colony.

Documents relating to Jakob Sondheimer include a CV, a will, his World War One service booklet, and his Arbeitsbuch. There are also some personal restitution documents, but most of the restitution material is correspondence with post-war Jewish organizations, particularly the Council for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Jews from Germany. There are also some printed materials concerning restitution and reparation. Documents relating to Miriam Gerber include photocopies of a birth certificate, her Arbeitsbuch, and a few pages of her diary from Sosúa

Other family materials include correspondence (a small amount of family correspondence, including a letter from Gurs); documents about Sondheimer's relatives Max Aschkenase and Louis Kiewe leaving Germany and immigrating to the United States; a photocopy of early 19th-century engagement and marriage contracts between two wealthy Jewish families (in Yiddish), with an English-language summary and explanation of the documents; and some clippings, as well as manuscript reflecting on the beauty of the Kaddish prayer.


  • undated, 1801-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1960


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

This collection is in German and English, with some Spanish and two documents in Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

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.


From the Collection: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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