Werner Weinberg Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection documents the personal lives of Werner Weinberg’s immediate family and his in-laws, Hans and Rosa Halberstadt, as well Weinberg’s efforts to preserve the memory of the German Jews and the Jews of his hometown Rheda in particular as well as a limited amount of materials documenting his professional activities as a writer. This collection consists of brochures, clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, official documents, off-prints, and photographs.
The bulk of the personal materials consists of correspondence between Werner Weinberg and his wife Lisl, née Halberstadt, and of Hans Halberstadt and his wife Rosa, née Schwarz. Most of the letters between Hans and Rosa Halberstadt date between 1939 and 1942; during this period Hans Halberstadt was imprisoned at the Camp des Milles. Other personal materials include diaries, most notably a diary written by Werner Weinberg in Bergen-Belsen after the liberation, notebooks, financial, vital, and immigration documents, and documents dealing with Lisl and Werner Weinberg’s imprisonment in various camps.
Subject files provide us with an insight into Werner Weinberg’s efforts to preserve the memory of the German Jews and of the Jews of Rheda in particular. Most of the materials in this section include materials documenting Weinberg’s involvement with a variety of memorial projects or document his activities as a writer.
Other materials in this section include writings by authors other then Weinberg that deal with a range of topics dealing with various topics in the lives of Jews. Additionally, there are some printed materials about or by Werner Weinberg and two family scrapbooks.
There are no materials related to Werner Weinberg’s teaching at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Neither are there any documents related to his works in the field of Hebrew orthography or Hebrew literature and poetry.
- Majority of material found in 1932-1980
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English with some French, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Dutch, and Spanish.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Collection is microfilmed - MF 922.
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.
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
Werner Weinberg, teacher, writer, and linguist, was born on May 30th, 1915 in Rheda, Germany.
Upon graduation from high school, Werner Weinberg continued his education at the Israelitische Lehrerbildungsanstalt, Würzburg where he received a certificate for teaching at public and religious schools.
In 1939 Weinberg’s family was forced to immigrate to Holland. They were interned at the Westerbrock Camp in 1943, before being deported to Bergen-Belsen in 1944. In 1948 Werner Weinber along with his wife, Lisl and their daughter Susie moved to the United States.
In the United States Weinberg continued his education and in 1961 he received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He began his teaching career there at the same year.
Werner Weinberg wrote a number of books about the Holocaust as well as on Hebrew orthography and literature.
Werner Weinberg died on January 27th, 1997.
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This collection documents the personal lives of Werner Weinberg’s immediate family and his in-laws, Hans and Rosa Halberstadt, as well Weinberg’s efforts to preserve the memory of the German Jews and the Jews of his hometown Rheda in particular as well as a limited amount of materials documenting his professional activities as a writer.
This collection is divided into four series:
- Series I: Weinberg, Lisl and Werner, 1931-1968
- Subseries 1; Correspondence, 1931-1967
- Subseries 2: Other Materials, 1932-1968
- Series II: Halberstadt, Hans and Rosa, 1903-1957
- Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1911-1955
- Subseries 2: Other Materials, 1903-1957
- Series III: Subject Files, 1907-1993
- Subseries 1: Bergen-Belsen Project, 1989
- Subseries 2: ILBA, 1970-1982
- Subseries 3: Jews of Rheda, 1940, 1973-1993
- Subseries 4: Rheader Schmus, 1984-1987
- Subseries 5: Writings, 1907-1992
- Subseries 6: General, 1980-1988
- Series IV: Printed Materials, 1950s-1980s
- Series V: Various, 1915-1980
Collection is available on 11 reels of microfilm (MF 922).
- Reel 1: 1/1-1/9
- Reel 2: 1/10-1/16
- Reel 3: 1/17-3/19
- Reel 4: 3/20-4/6
- Reel 5: 4/7-4/29
- Reel 6: 1/19-2/5
- Reel 7: 2/6-2/22
- Reel 8: 2/23-3/3
- Reel 9: 2/23-3/3
- Reel 10: 3/10-4/36
- Reel 11: 4/16-4/34
Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photo Collection. Books have been removed to the LBI Library
- Architectural drawings (visual works)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Emigration and immigration
- Halberstadt, Hans, 1886-
- Halberstadt, Rosa, 1891-
- Holocaust survivors -- Germany -- Biography
- Israelitische Lehrerbildungsanstalt (Würzburg, Germany)
- Jewish literature
- Jews -- Germany
- Les Milles (Concentration camp)
- Lists (document genres)
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Official documents
- Printed materials
- Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany)
- Weinberg, Lisl, 1915-
- Weinberg, Werner
- Guide to the Papers of Werner Weinberg (1915-1997) 1907-1993 AR 10083
- Processed by Yakov Sklar
- © 2008
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
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