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Sigmund Weinberger Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25541

Scope and Content Note

The first series contains family documents with official and personal documents pertaining to Sigmund, Selma and Erna Weinberger, and Frieda Wiener; as well as picture postcards. The second series includes photographs of the family and medical staff, especially during World War I.

The official documents in the first folder include a handwritten note by The National Library of Israel with some information on the family. It contains official documents like a passport, driver's license and a declaration for the Wiedergutmachungsamt (office of compensation for Nazi victims). Personal documents can be found in the second folder. It includes two humorous magazines pertaining to a wedding and Sigmund’s medical service and a drawing of a road trip. The picture postcards in folder three were sent to Selma Kaufmann and Sigmund Weinberger.

Series two includes family photographs of the extended Sigmund Weinberger family, of Sigmund on active duty in the German army in World War I, of military personnel and medical staff, damaged sites in France as well as portraits of the Wiener and Fuld family. It also includes Sigmund Weinberger's diploma.


  • Creation: 1887-1958
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1915-1918

Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Part of the 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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Sigmund Weinberger was born in 1878 in Schriesheim, Germany and attended Gymnasium (high school) in nearby Heidelberg. He finished studying medicine in 1902 in Karlsruhe, Germany, and received his doctoral degree in medicine one year later. Before World War I, he worked in Karlsruhe, Wiesbaden and Rastatt, Germany in various hospitals, with a specialty on internal medicine. During World War I Sigmund worked in the German medical service for the army. Later he immigrated to New York City, United States, where he worked as a physician.

Sigmund’s first wife was Selma Weinberger (née Kaufmann), born in 1889 to Ferdinand Kaufmann and Jeanette Kaufmann (née Feiss) in Heidelberg. Selma died in 1937 during her emigration to the United States, on the boat to New York City. Selma had a sister and a brother, Cecilia Fischer and Max Kaufmann. Sigmund’s second wife was Erna Weinberger (née Behr, widowed Katz) from Leimersheim, Germany. Her former husband had died in 1932 and she immigrated to the United States in 1938.

Erna Weinberger's cousin Frieda Wiener was born in 1903 in Germany to Elias Wiener and Henrietta Wiener (née Fuld). She immigrated to the United States, where she died in 1991.


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The collection includes official and personal documents pertaining to Sigmund, Selma and Erna Weinberger as well as photographs of the family, World War I sites and medical staff.


The described materials have been subdivided into two series as follows:

Processing Information

The family documents have been organized in one series, arranged by person and chronologically. The photographs have been organized in a second series, arranged by person and topic.

Guide to the Papers of the Sigmund Weinberger Family 1887-1958 AR 25541
Processed by Adrijana Blatnik
© 2016
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from SigmundWeinberger.xml

Revision Statements

  • June 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