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Werner Stein Collection

Identifier: AR 10775

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history of the Jewish community of Burgsinn (Bavaria, Germany) and the Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann families that took an active role in this community from the late 18th century through the beginning of the 20th century.

An included timeline of the history of Burgsinn spans the years 1921-1997. The Burgsinn Jewish community papers cover the general history of the community and highlight the role the Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann families played in it. These materials include copies of official documents such as pleas to barons and royal offices regarding permission to practice Jewish ceremonies and build or improve facilities for Jewish institutions including synagogues, schools, and mikvehs. These papers also cover elections of officers for the Jewish community (Cultusgemeinde) of Burgsinn. A selection of the birth, marriage, and death records of the Jewish community of Burgsinn from 1816-1863 is also included, as well as a few pages of the directory of Burgsinn property owners from 1881. Among the Stein, Heinemann, and Hamburger family papers are correspondence, school records, building and rental agreements, a few personal papers belonging to Arnold Stein, a map of Burgsinn, and a directory of the Altengronau cemetery where members of the Burgsinn Jewish community were buried. The second folder of Stein, Heinemann, and Hamburger family papers were originally held together in a binder and include receipts, contracts of sale, and a directory of residents of Burgsinn. Also originally held in the same binder was a complete copy of the 1926-1933 records of the Soldiers’ Club of Burgsinn (Protokollbuch des Soldaten Vereins Burgsinn). The materials related to the New World Club include a collection of reports on visits of former Jewish-Germans to their former cities in Germany in the early 1990s and a few related clippings. The miscellaneous materials include a flyer written by an author protesting that his books were not chosen to be burned in 1933, a copy of a 1938 letter regarding the actions planned for Kristallnacht, a speech by Michael Daxner titled “Die neue Judenliebe,” and various materials on the Berlin Jewish community. The photographs in the collection depict Burgsinn and some of the Stein, Heinemann, and Hamburger family members.

Most of the materials in the collection are photocopies. Typed transcriptions accompany most of the handwritten documents.


  • 1782-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1860s-1930s


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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.

Biographical Note

The Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann families of Burgsinn (Bavaria, Germany) were active leaders of their local Jewish community reaching as far back as the late 18th century. They helped to establish a synagogue, schools, and other Jewish institutions in the Burgsinn area throughout the 19th century.

By the 1890s, the Hamburger family of Burgsinn ran a store for clothing and appliances called Kaufhaus S. Hamburger. At the same time, Siegmund Heinemann ran a store for furniture and appliances, while Adolf Heinemann sold iron goods and building materials and was the representative for the Hamburg-Amerika Linie, a steamship line from Germany to the United States.

Arnold Stein owned a printing company and was one of several Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann family members to serve in the German army during World War I. Arnold Stein and his wife Gertrud had two children, Marianne (born 1923) and Werner (born 1925). The Stein family immigrated via England to the United States in October of 1940 and settled in New York City. Werner Stein served as Chairman of the New World Club during the 1990s.


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This collection documents the history of the Jewish community of Burgsinn (Bavaria, Germany) and the Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann families that played an active role in this community. Materials include official letters and contracts concerning the Burgsinn Jewish community; registries of births, marriages, deaths, and property owners; the records of the Burgsinn Soldiers’ Club; reports on visits of New World Club members to their former German cities in 1994; personal family papers of the Stein, Heinemann, and Hamburger families; and a few photographs.


The collection is arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Archives holds the Michael Daxner Collection, which contains materials by Prof. Dr. Daxner concerning Jews in contemporary German society similar to his speech found in this collection.

Separated Material

A copy of Stefan Reis’ Wie Hass entsteht und wohin er fuehren kann. Vom Leben und Sterben der Juden im Raum Gemuenden was removed. This item is available via the LBI Library.

A copy of Michael Daxner’s “Die Inszenierung des guten Juden” was removed. This item is available via the Michael Daxner Collection held at the LBI Archives.

A copy of Christiane Hoss’ article “New Yorker aus Berlin betrachten Berlin und Deutschland: Fundstücke aus dem Aufbau” from 1945: Jetzt wohin? Exil und Rückkehr was removed. The entire publication is available via the LBI Library.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders. The Stein, Hamburger, and Heinemann family materials and the Burgsinn Jewish community materials were taken out of the plastic sleeves and binders in which they were donated. They were kept in the order in which they were placed in these binders, with the exception of the photographs, which were placed in a separate folder in archival envelopes. The oversized copies of the birth, marriage, death, and building registries of Burgsinn were placed in an oversized folder.

Guide to the Werner Stein Collection 1782-2001 (bulk 1860s-1930s) AR 10775
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States