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Walter Grossmann Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6349

Scope and Content Note

The Walter Grossmann Collection contains the papers of this physician. More than half of the collection consists of correspondence. Other papers include certificates, newspaper clippings, sketches, notes, photographs, family papers, and material on the Werner-Siemens-Realgymnasium.

Most of the collection centers around Walter Grossman's service in World War I and the years directly afterward. Such material includes letters, postcards, and telegrams exchanged with his family in Series I, informing them of his wounding, the awarding of the Iron Cross (Eiserne Kreuz, II. Klasse) to him, and of his recuperation in 1915-1916. Later letters in this series consist of his letters to Hede Kessler, at the time his fiancée and fellow medical student. His letters to her provide some information of a visit to Cologne and its surrounding area, as well as of later visits to the Alps for health purposes and to St. Moritz for skiing. Further material on World War I will be found in Series II, which holds various papers related to the war. Included are Walter Grossmann's certificates regarding his military service and the Iron Cross, ration cards, photographs of soldiers and a military hospital, and newspaper clippings about the occupation of Belgium, among other papers.

Later papers relating to the family as a whole are located in Series III. These papers include the family register book of Walter and Hede Grossman, some notes on the family genealogy, and a baby and childhood book of their son, Michael.

The final series holds material on former students of the Werner-Siemens-Realgymnasium, the school Walter Grossmann attended.

Dates

  • 1914-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1914-1918
  • Majority of material found within 1955-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German, with a very small amount of French.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Walter Grossmann was born January 1, 1896 in Berlin. He attended the Werner-Siemens-Realgymnasium. In the First World War he served on the Western front in Belgium and France until he was wounded in June 1915 and spent the next year recovering. In December 1915 he was awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class. He studied medicine in Berlin and Munich and received his medical degree in 1921, founding a general practice in 1924. In 1925 he married Hede Kessler, also a physician. They had a son in 1932.

In 1937 the Grossmann family immigrated to the United States. There Walter Grossman worked at Mount Sinai Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in New York City until moving to Hartford, Connecticut. Walter Grossmann died in Hartford in 1960.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Walter Grossmann Collection contains the papers of this physician. More than half of the collection consists of correspondence. Other papers include certificates, newspaper clippings, sketches, notes, photographs, family papers, and material on the Werner-Siemens-Realgymnasium.

Related Material

Related is the Grossmann Family Collection, AR 25491, which includes some articles written by Walter Grossmann.

Separated Material

One issue of the publication Wachtfeuer was removed to the LBI Library.

Title
Guide to the Papers of Walter Grossmann 1914-1960 AR 6349
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Arthur Rath
Date
© 2014
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from WalterGrossmann.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 2014:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States