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Julie Braun-Vogelstein Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25034 / MF 473

Scope and Content Note

A. Heinrich and Lily Braun:

Correspondence of Heinrich Braun with individuals, including Victor Adler, August Bebel, Eduard Bernstein, Lujo Brentano, Benedetto Croce, Kurt Eisner, Sigmund Freud, Wolfgang Heine, Benno Karpeles, Karl Kautsky, Isolde Kurz, Friedrich Meinecke, Paul Natorp, Heinrich de Man, Walther Rathenau, Werner Sombart, Ferdinand Toennies, and Max Weber.

Correspondence of Lily Braun with individuals, including Mathilde von Colomb and Heinrich Braun.

Manuscripts, clippings, by and about Heinrich Braun and his political and journalistic activities, including minutes of the party court of the Frankfurt an der Oder-Lebus branch of the SPD concerning charges brought against him; related material from the SPD Congress in Dresden, 1903.

Photo; resume; clippings; script of radio speech on Heinrich Braun.

B. Otto Braun:

Juvenilia, memorabilia, and childhood and wartime correspondence of Otto Braun; material concerning Julie Braun-Vogelstein's biography of him, including correspondence and Lily Braun's diaries.

Otto Braun’s diaries are available on microfilm (1904-1911 on MM 91 and 1911-1914 on MM 102; 1904-1914 also on MF 473 Reel 40).

C. Ludwig Vogelstein:

Family and business correspondence; speeches on metallurgy and Jewish affairs; and photos of New York City in the early twentieth century, and of his business.

D. Julie Braun-Vogelstein:

Correspondence with family members and other individuals including Hasso von Seebach, Hannah Arendt, Ludwig Dehio, Henri de Man, Friedrich Meinecke, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Toni Stolper, and Adam von Trott zu Solz.

Essays, research notes, manuscripts, and clippings on art history, politics, and philosophy, by Julie Braun-Vogelstein and others; proofs, drafts, and other material for her autobiography, and for biographies of Heinrich Braun, Otto Braun, and Ludwig Vogelstein.

Material on resistance to the Nazis, including a manuscript by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and lists of individuals executed after July 20, 1944.

E. Heinemann and Rosa Vogelstein

Correspondence, including letters of Heinemann Vogelstein's wife, Rosa Vogelstein, as well as letters from other family members, colleagues, including Josef Heinemann, Siegmund Maybaum, Claude Montefiore, and N. A. Nobel, and organizations such as the Liberaler Rabbiner-Verband.

Sermons, pamphlets, and speeches concerning Zionism and other topics; autograph album; records of the Vereinigung fuer das liberale Judentum in Deutschland, and of the Liberaler Rabbiner-Verband.

Religious documents, including shechita certificates, marriage contracts, rabbinical court decrees concerning divorce, and eighteenth-century manuscript commentaries on the Bible and the Kabbalah.

F. Von Kretschman/Von Gusted Branch

Correspondence, including letters of Hans von Kretschman to his wife and letters of Jenny von Gustedt to individuals, including the German Empress Augusta, Ottilie von Goethe, and Wolfgang von Goethe.

Autobiographies, wills, genealogies, and diaries of members of the Gustedt and Kretschman families; the autobiography of Lily Braun's sister Maria von Kretschman (alias Maria de Victorica), and photocopies of the files of her trial for espionage by the U.S. Department of Justice after World War I.

See Inventory.

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection:

Adler, Victor; Arendt, Hannah; Augusta, German Empress; Bebel, August; Bernstein, Eduard; Bonhoeffer, Dietrich; Braun, Otto; Brentano, Lujo; Colomb, Mathilde von; Croce, Benedetto; Dehio, Ludwig; Eisner, Kurt; Freud, Sigmund; Goethe, Ottilie von; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Gustedt, Jenny von; Haas, William S.; Heine, Wolfgang; Heinemann, Josef; Karpeles, Benno; Kautsky, Karl; Kretschman, Hans von; Kretschman, Maria von; Kurz, Isolde; Man, Heinrich de; Man, Henri de; Maybaum, Siegmund; Meinecke, Friedrich; Montefiore, Claude; Natorp, Paul; Neumark, Yisroel (Ernst); Nobel, Nehemias Anton; Rathenau, Walther; Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen; Seebach, Hasso von; Sombart, Werner; Stolper, Toni; Thimme, Friedrich; Toennies, Ferdinand; Trott von, Adam; Trott zu Solz, Adam von; Victorica, Maria de (see Kretschman, Maria von); Vogelstein, Ludwig; Vogelstein, Heinemann; Vogelstein, Rosa; Weber, Max

Dates

  • 1743-1971

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, French, English, Italian, Hebrew, Judeo-German.

Access Restrictions

Materials can only be used at the LBI in New York, no loans.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (except for Boxes 35 and 36) — MF 473 (121 reels).

Use Restrictions

Publication of papers requires joint approval of Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and LBI board.

Biographical Note

Born in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) on January 26, 1883, Julie Braun-Vogelstein became active in the Social Democratic movement, and was Heinrich Braun's secretary and his wife following the death of Lily Braun in 1916. Active as an author, art historian, and journalist, she emigrated to the United States via France in 1935-1936. She was a member of the board of the Leo Baeck Institute, and she died in New York City on February 6, 1971. She assembled and preserved the papers of various members of her family, which are included in her collection.

Heinrich Braun and Lily Braun: Born in Budapest on November 23, 1854, Braun studied law and economics at the Universities of Vienna and Strasbourg. He joined the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) and worked as an editor and journalist, becoming a leading representative of the party's revisionist wing. Braun died in Berlin on February 9, 1927. Born Lily von Kretschman in Halberstadt on July 2, 1865, Lily Braun was a social worker and author, active in the German feminist movement and the SPD. She died in Berlin-Zehlendorf on August 9, 1916.

Otto Braun: Born in Berlin on June 27, 1897, the son of Heinrich and Lily Braun, Otto Braun died in combat in Marlecave, France, on April 29, 1918.

Ludwig Vogelstein: born in Pilsen, Austria-Hungary (now Plzen, Czechoslovakia), on February 3, 1871, Ludwig Vogelstein, the older brother of Julie Braun-Vogelstein, emigrated to the United States in 1896, becoming a successful entrepreneur and prominent American Jewish philanthropist. He died in New York City on September 23, 1934.

Heinemann Vogelstein: Born in Lage on February 13, 1841, Julie Braun-Vogelstein's father was a rabbi in Pilsen and Stettin, a leader of the liberal tendency in German Jewry, and a noted opponent of Zionism. He died in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on August 4, 1911.

Hans von Kretschman and Jenny von Gustedt: Lily Braun's father, Hans von Kretschman, was a general in the Prussian army. He was born in Berlin on August 11, 1832, and died there on March 31, 1899. Jenny von Gustedt, Lily Braun's grandmother, was born in Kassel on September 7, 1811, the illegitimate daughter of Jerome Bonaparte, king of Westphalia. She died in 1890.

Extent

35 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence and other materials related to the Braun-Vogelstein family.

Other Finding Aid

33-page inventory.

See individual reel records for inventory.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 121 reels of microfilm (MF 473).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/11
  2. Reel 2: 1/12-1/20
  3. Reel 3: 1/21-1/33
  4. Reel 4: 1/34-1/44
  5. Reel 5: 1/45-1/46
  6. Reel 6: 2/47
  7. Reel 7: 2/48-2/49
  8. Reel 8: 2/50-2/56
  9. Reel 9: 2/57-2/62
  10. Reel 10: 2/63-2/70
  11. Reel 11: 2/71-3/80
  12. Reel 12: 3/81-3/84
  13. Reel 13: 3/85-3/87
  14. Reel 14: 3/88-3/92
  15. Reel 15: 3/93-3/94
  16. Reel 16: 3/95
  17. Reel 17: 3/96
  18. Reel 18: 4/97-4/99
  19. Reel 19: 4/100-4/103
  20. Reel 20: 4/104-4/106
  21. Reel 21: 4/A 107 (11/5)-4/A 108
  22. Reel 22: 4/A 109-4/A 110
  23. Reel 23: 4/A 111-4/A 112
  24. Reel 24: 4/A 113 (12/5)-5/A 114 (13/1)
  25. Reel 25: 5/A 115 (13/2) - 5/A 116 (13/3)
  26. Reel 26: 5/A 117 (13/4) - 5/A 118 (13/5)
  27. Reel 27: 5/A 119 (13/6) - 5/A 123 (14/4)
  28. Reel 28: 5/A 124 - 5/A 126
  29. Reel 29: 5/A 127 - 5/A 129
  30. Reel 30: 6/A/130 - 6/A/131
  31. Reel 31: 6/A/132 - 6/A/133
  32. Reel 32: 6/A/134 - 6/A/135
  33. Reel 33: 6/A/136 - 6/A/140
  34. Reel 34: 6/A/141 - 7/A/145
  35. Reel 35: 7/A/145 - 7/A/153
  36. Reel 36: 7/B/1 - 7/B/5
  37. Reel 37: 7/B/6 - 7/B/9
  38. Reel 38: 8/B/10 - 8/B/11
  39. Reel 39: 8/B/12 - 8/B/15
  40. Reel 40: 8/B/16 - 9/B/31
  41. Reel 41: 9/B/32 - 9/B/34
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  46. Reel 46: 10/B 42 - 10/B 43
  47. Reel 47: 10/B 44 - 10/B 47
  48. Reel 48: 10/B 48 - 10/B 50
  49. Reel 49: 10/B 51 - 10/B 55
  50. Reel 50: 10/B 56 - 11/B 60
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  52. Reel 52: 11/B 66 - 11/B 73
  53. Reel 53: 11/B 74 - 12/C 7
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  55. Reel 55: 12/C 11 - 12/C 22
  56. Reel 56: 13/C 23 - 13/C 31
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  72. Reel 72: 16/C 98 - 17/C 109
  73. Reel 73: 17/C 110 - 18/C 130
  74. Reel 74: 18/C 131 - 18/D 3
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  76. Reel 76: 18/D 10 - 19/D 26
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  120. Reel 120: 33/F 6 - 34/F 13
  121. Reel 121: 34/F 14 - 34/F 21

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Bibliography

Memoir microfilm reel # 91, 102
Title
Guide to the Julie Braun-Vogelstein Collection, 1743-1971 AR 25034 / MF 473
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 10, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository