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Stefan Zweig-Siegmund Warburg Correspondence

Identifier: AR 7277

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the exchange of letters between Stefan Zweig and Siegmund Warburg. Zweig and Warburg mainly exchanged their thoughts about current political developments as well as the role and future of Jewish identity and the Jewish Community. Furthermore, Zweig asked Warburg for help and guidance in financial and political matters quite a few times. There are very few other materials, i.e. texts in honor of Stefan Zweig and two letters from Zweig to other people.

The following individuals are mentioned in the collection: Asch, Schalom, 1880-1957; Dos Passos, John Randolph, 1844-1917; Flesch-Brunningen, Hans, 1895-1981; Gorki, Maxim, 1868-1936; Hirschfeld, Magnus, 1868-1935; Holroyd-Reece, John, 1897-1969; Lewisohn, Ludwig (1882-1955); Mann, Heinrich, 1871-1950; Schickele, René, 1883-1940; Warburg, Felix, 1871-1937; Wolff, Theodor, 1868-1943.


  • 1918-1943
  • Majority of material found within 1934-1941


Language of Materials

The collection is in German 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


Researchers are allowed to use the material, but have to ask for permission if they intend to publish extracts of it.

Biographical Note

Stefan Zweig was born in Vienna on November 28th, 1881. He was one of the most important German-language authors of his generation. He wrote pieces in several genres, such as prose, poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. In 1934, Zweig immigrated to Great Britain and became a naturalized citizen in 1940. In the same year, however, he moved to the United States. He settled in Brazil in 1941. It was in Petropolis, Brazil, where he and his second wife Charlotte Altmann committed suicide on February 23rd, 1942.

Siegmund Georg Warburg was born in Seeburg, a village in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, on September 30th, 1902. He trained as a banker at his uncle’s (Max Warburg) bank in Hamburg and the Rothschild Bank in London, England. In 1934 he immigrated to Great Britain and continued his work as a banker. He was furthermore involved in activities on behalf of Jewish causes. He was knighted in 1964, and died in London on October 18th, 1982.


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The Stefan Zweig-Siegmund Warburg Correspondence comprises an ample exchange of letters between the Austrian author Stefan Zweig and the German banker Siegmund Warburg. While their central topics are contemporary social and political developments, Zweig's perception of the various countries he travelled as well as their personal relationship can be glimpsed.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds most of Stefan Zweig’s literary works. The LBI Archive holds the "Stefan Zweig autographs collection. 1915-1942" (AR 834), a collection of newspaper clippings about Stefan Zweig (AR 1476) and several collections connected to Stephan Zweig.

The LBI Library holds a vast amount of literature about the Warburg family. The LBI Archive holds the Warburg Family Collection (AR 1154) and several other collections connected to the Warburg family.

Guide to the Correspondence of Stefan Zweig and Siegmund Georg Warburg 1918-1943 AR 7277
Processed by Joern Esch
© 2012
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Zweig_Warburg_Correspondence.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 05, 2015 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States