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Georg Landauer Collection

Identifier: AR 6007

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Georg Landauer, along with related third-party correspondence, with individuals, including Leo Baeck, David Ben-Gurion, Norman Bentwich, Kurt Blumenfeld, Walter Breslauer, Hermann Broch, Martin Buber, Levi Eshkol, Benjamin Ferencz, Nahum Goldmann, Berl Katznelson, Hans Kohn, Max Kreutzberger, Judah Magnes, Siegfried Moses, Hans Reichmann, Felix Rosenblueth (later Pinchas Rosen), Hans Schaeffer, Werner David Senator, Moshe Shertok, Ernst Simon, Moshe Smilansky, Henrietta Szold, Hans Tramer, Chaim Weizmann, and Alfred Wiener, on various topics, including Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, immigration and Youth Aliyah, and restitution and reparations.

Essays, speeches, reports, and articles by Landauer and others on Zionism in Germany, the Yishuv and Israel (including material on Ha-Poel Ha-Zair, Brith Shalom, and Aliyah Hadasha), restitution, vocational retraining, and matters related to immigration and absorption. Records, including memoranda, reports, publications, and correspondence of various organizations, including Zionistische Vereinigung fuer Deutschland; the German Department of the Jewish Agency, dealing with Zionist politics, restitution, reparations, and Israeli economic development; and Brith Shalom, dealing with Jewish-Arab relations. Original documents concerning Jews in Central Europe, from the seventeenth through the twentieth century, including decrees, letters of protection, and citizenship papers largely from Frankfurt am Main and Hanover; manuscripts by Landauer, along with supporting material and research notes, on the legal status and economic activity of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century; minutes of meetings, posters, fliers, and clippings of the German soldiers' council in Poltava in the Ukraine, 1918-1919.

Papers of the Landauer family, including the doctoral dissertation of Georg Landauer's grandfather, Rabbi Gabriel Joshua Landauer, entitled "Der Judeneid."

Photos, including an album of a Ludwig Tietz Handwerkerschule, in Yagur, Palestine, in the 1930s; administrative and military maps of Israel.

The collection is in German, Hebrew, English, and French.


  • 1656-1975

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew, English, and French.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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


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

Born on November 17, 1895, in Cologne, Germany. Georg Landauer was a lawyer, journalist, and Zionist leader. He was active in the Zionist youth movement Blau-Weiss and the student organization Kartell Juedischer Verbindungen. He was a founder of the German branch of Ha-Poel Ha-Zair. Georg Landauer became director of the Berlin Palestine Office in 1925 and in 1929 of the Zionist Federation of Germany. After his emigration to Palestine in 1934, he was involved in politics in the Yishuv, especially as founder of Aliyah Hadasha, a party based in the German immigrant community, and in Aliyah and absorption matters, particularly as financial director of Youth Aliyah. Georg Landauer served twenty years (1934-1954) as a managing director of the Jewish Agency Central Bureau for the Settlement of German Jews. After the Second World War ended Georg Landauer was involved in negotiating for reparations and restitution of the property of German Jews in Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1953 and died in New York City on February 4, 1954.


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Georg Landauer was born November 17, 1895 in Cologne, Germany and died February 5, 1954 in New York. He studied law and obtained his degree in 1923. An ardent Zionist, he worked in various capacities, always a very active figure in public and political life in Jerusalem and later in the State of Israel. The collection contains political writings and research notes by Georg Landauer, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.


The collection is on eight reels of microfilm (MF 593):

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/7
  2. Reel 2: 2/8 - 2/12
  3. Reel 3: 3/13 - 3/17
  4. Reel 4: 4/18 - 4/23
  5. Reel 5: 5/24 - 5/31
  6. Reel 6: 6-32 - 6/44
  7. Reel 7: 7/45 - 7/55
  8. Reel 8: 8/56 - 8/61

Separated Material

The photos were taken out of the collection and are stored separately in the Photo Collection. The following three books written by Gabriel Josua Landauer are administered through the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute.

  1. Landauer, Gabriel Josua: Festrede am 46sten Stiftungstage der Gesellschatf Humanitaet zu Kassel , Kassel 1848, 5 p.
  2. Landauer, Gabriel Josua: Rede ueber die Interessen und den Wucher gesprochen vor dem Vorsteher des grossen Sanbgedrins in der Sitzung vom 21.ten Maerz 1907 , s.l., 22 p.
  3. Landauer, Gabriel Josua: Geschichte der Israeliten von der Entstehung der Welt bis auf die Gegenwart , Kassel 1849, incomplete, 36 p.
Guide to the Papers of Georg Landauer (1895-1954) 1656-1975 AR 6007 / MF 593
Processed by Carole E. Garinger and by Irmgard Foerg (Addendum II).
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States