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Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig Collection

Identifier: AR 25719

Scope and Content Note

The Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig Collection contains personal papers, photographs, and correspondence. The family papers include official documents such as Ernst's American passport and Social Security card as well as a Hebrew scroll. In addition, there are a number of documents from his time in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of personal papers, namely official documents and correspondence between Ernst and his parents, Louis and Grete Rosenzweig née Kaufmann. The majority of this correspondence is from 1954 to 1958. The official documents originate from Germany, England, and the United States and comprise of identification and work documents as a gardener and groundskeeper, including letters of recommendation and information about his coursework at a trade school. The oversized folder contains Ernst's certificate of identity from 1946, his ticket from Hamburg to New York on the Hamburg-Amerika line from 1939, a newspaper article from Die Wiedergutmachung from 1958 entitled Die gefährdete Anerkennung des Ausbildungsschaden (The endangered recognition of education claims), and his application for pension from the German government for victims of the Nazi regime.

The collection's photographs contain photographs from Ernst’s time in the United Kingdom, photographs of his parents, and of his sister Irmgard’s wedding in 1952.


  • 1933-1977, 2000-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1958


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, and Hebrew.

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


Biographical Note

Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig was born in Kassel, Germany on October 4th, 1922, the son of Louis and Grete Rosenzweig, and the brother of Irmgard Rosenzweig Wessel. Due to a childhood bout of scarlet fever he was intellectually challenged. In 1936, his parents sent him to a boarding school in Switzerland. He was sent to England in 1938 and immigrated to the United States on February 25, 1947. Ernst worked as a gardener and groundskeeper at several places, ending up with the grounds crew at Yale University where he worked for many years. He died in New Haven on January 4, 2011, having never been married.


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The Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig Collection contains personal papers, correspondence, a small amount of photographs, and a Hebrew Purim megillah scroll.

Related Material

Related is Grete Rosenzweig’s memoir 'My life', ME 535, also available in the LBI Archives.

Processing Information

The Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig collection is arranged into three series, Series I: Personal Papers, undated, 1933-1977, 2000-2011, Series II: Correspondence, 1940-1958, 2009, Series III: Photographs, undated, 1939-1952. All of the folders' contents are arranged in chronological order.

Guide to the Ernst Traugott Rosenzweig Collection undated,1933-1977, 2000-2011 AR 25719
Processed by Samantha Lanevi
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Ernst_Traugott_Rosenzweig.xml

Revision Statements

  • August 17, 2017 : Dao links added to Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States