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Siegfried and Gertrude Bloch Collection

Identifier: AR 25569

Scope and Content Note

The Siegfried and Gertrude Bloch Collection holds a variety of personal and family photographs. The collection is organized in 4 folders in 2 boxes.

Folder 1 includes only a few official documents, namely Siegfried Bloch's German passport, issued in 1933, and Gertrude Bloch's American passport, issued in 1965. Gertrude Bloch's pension confirmation is the third of the official documents held in the collection. An envelope addressed to Siegfried Bloch in 1949 states that they lived on Broadway in New York City at this time.

Folder 2 holds an undated photo album of the Bloch family, but the pictures were likely taken during the 1940s and 1950s.

Folder 1 of box 2 contains mostly undated photographs that show both Gertrude and Siegfried Bloch. They are mostly private family pictures, some were taken during vacation. Only a few are dated in 1948 and 1951. The folder includes a few photographs of Siegfried's half-brother Louis Bloch and his family, including his wife Carrie.

Folder 2 of box 2 holds mostly undated and unidentified photographs. Some show male twins as toddlers and juveniles, but it is unclear to which family they belong or when the photographs were taken. Some of the photographs may show Alfred and Blanche Jacobsen during vacation in France and Germany between 1933 and 1952. The relation between the Jacobsen and the Bloch family is unclear. There are also several photographs of possibly Alfred Jacobsen and an unknown woman. The folder also contains an undated food stamp, a postcard addressed to Carl Trum that shows soldiers during World War I, and several photograph negatives.


  • Creation: 1933-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930s-1950s


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

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


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Siegfried (Fred) Bloch was born on September 7, 1890 in Sachsenhausen. Siegfried Bloch lived in Düsseldorf before World War II and worked as a retailer. He travelled to Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland between 1933 and 1936. Gertrude (Gertie) S. Bloch was born on April 3, 1896 in Germany. They had no children. Siegfried Bloch had a half-brother, Louis Bloch.


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The collection includes mainly photographs of Siegfried and Gertrude Bloch as well as several other unidentified people. The collection holds a few official documents referring to Siegfried and Gertrude Bloch.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Processing Information

During processing of the collection in October 2015, the folders of the collection were organized into one series.

Guide to the Siegfried and Gertrude Bloch Collection 1933-1980 AR 25569
Processed by Sabine Hanke
© 2015
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Siegfried_and_GertrudeBloch.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States