Jews in Weimar
Scope and Content Note
Upon a request by John J. Appel, Eva Schmidt in Weimar copied in her own hand lists of Jews in Weimar in 1879, 1889,1893, and 1941 from the city archives. She also copied a 1979 report by Tilli Federmann, who had experienced the Nazi years in Weimar as a “half-Jew”.
In 1991, a different donor sent a copy of a list of Weimar Jews, who perished in the Holocaust. She also included the copy of a note, written by Weimar’s mayor Koch in circa 1941, urging Nazi party colleague Friedel to find legal ways to concentrate Jewish residents into a few apartments, thus opening living space for “German families.”
- Creation: 1986-1991
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and some English.
This collection is open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
In 1986, Prof. John J. Appel got in touch with institutions in Weimar, Germany, to find information about its Jews in the early 20th century and during the Nazi era. Dr. Eva Schmidt answered his quest with copies from the city archives and other sources.
Michigan State University Professor John J. Appel was born in Weimar, Germany. His parents, Susanna née Ortweiler and Jacob Appel, as well as their other son Günther Appel were murdered in the Holocaust.
Dr. Eva Schmidt (1897-1988) was a teacher at Weimar’s Sophienstift. In 1984 she published a book about Weimar’s Jews and their cemetery: Juedische Familien im Weimar der Klassik und Nachklassik und ihr Friedhof.
This small collection holds name lists of Jewish residents in Weimar, 1879-1941, as well as reports from survivors of the Holocaust in Weimar. Also included is correspondence, describing these reports’ provenance.
The materials have been arranged in one series.
- Guide to the papers of the Jews in Weimar collection 1986-1991 AR 6261
- Processed by LBI staff
- © 2014
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- Description is in English.
- April 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.