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Silesia Jewish Community Collection

Identifier: AR 292

Scope and Content Note

Various original materials and photocopies pertaining to the history of Jews in Silesia throughout the 19th century until 1938.

Folder one consists of typescripts, three photographs, clippings, documents, the book Rechte an Grundstücken in Schlesien" by Fritz Kassel, and a letter from Ernst Lustig of the Verein zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden Oberschlesiens to Dr. Gruenwald. Typescripts include a report on the Jewish communities in Upper Silesia, an article about old Upper Silesian handicraft, a history of the Jews in Upper Silesia (issued by the Press and Information Office of the Provincial Statistical Administration of Upper Silesia), and a humorous story about a family and community. The first photograph shows a meeting of synagogue representatives from communities west of Upper Silesia in 1935, the second captures a map of the Upper Silesian industrial district, and the third shows a Schutzbrief (letter of protection). Clippings are related to the Jewish community, the register of births of Jews and other filings with the Jewish authorities in Silesia. The documents include a photocopy of The Kempen Musicians (a drawing by David Round) with an explanation on the verso, a photocopy of List of Jewish peddlers in Teschen (district of Austrian Silesia), and a computer print-out of Konfessionelle Zusammensetzung der Bevölkerung Schlesiens in Jahre 1829. The second folder consists of typescripts by Georg Wiener on various Silesian Jewish communities (Oppeln, Krappitz, Proskau). Folder three contains a list of the Jews living in Silesia from 1812-1815. In folder four are photocopies of files from the German Foreign Office pertaining to Jews in Silesia from 1933-1937.

Original typescripts by Olga Bloch, Moritz Cohn, Hanna Epstein, Fritz Kassel, John W. Koch, Jakob Kokottek, Walter Kuhn, E.G. Lowenthal, Martin Nordegg, and David Rund.


  • 1933-1985


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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



4 Folders


Various original materials and photocopies pertaining to the history of Jews in Silesia from the 19th century until 1938.

Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

Processing Information

Photocopies of C. Gruehagen's "Statistische und topographische Nachrichten von den schlesischen Städten aus d.J. 1787-89" from Zeitschrift des Vereins für Geschichte und Alterthum Schlesiens (Volume 15) have been deaccessioned due to the article's accessibility online.

Guide to the Silesia Jewish Community Collection, 1933-1985  AR 292
Processed by Kate Jadwin
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 15, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States