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Martin Hauser Collection

Identifier: AR 4465

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of diaries kept by Martin Hauser from 1929 through 1951. The diaries are handwritten in German with some English in the later years. Many pages are crossed out or otherwise marked in pencil, which may have occurred in connection to the publication of extracts of the diaries in the Schriftenreihe der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn. In the diaries, Hauser describes the founding of the State of Israel and his experiences as a member of the Royal Air Force during World War II. The diaries are numbered chronologically from 1 to 11.

The items in folder 4 were sent by Martin Hauser as supporting materials that relate to the events described in the diaries. Most of the items in folder 4 have penciled notes indicating the diary to which they correspond. The reports in this folder regard the situation of Jewish refugees in Italy in 1944. The circulars include the Mitteilungsblatt des Z.J.B. Nordau and Die Jutu meldet. A few speeches given by Hauser and few pieces of correspondence are also included. The letters from Martin Hauser to the Leo Baeck Institute in folder 5 were sent along with addenda to the collection and include Martin Hauser’s descriptions of the materials.

The inventory list made in 1977 holds itemized descriptions of the materials in the collection as well.


  • 1928-2002


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

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

Martin Hauser, a Zionist, was born in 1913 in Berlin, Germany. He emigrated to Palestine in 1933. He voluntarily enlisted in the Royal Air Force, where he served on air intelligence duties near the front line (1943-1945). During the war, he also used personal contacts with Jewish survivors to set up committee for first aid and relief. He was among the first Jewish soldiers from Palestine to enter Dachau in June, 1945.


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This collection consists mainly of the diaries of Zionist Martin Hauser. Born in Berlin in 1913, Hauser emigrated to Palestine in 1933. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force during World War II and was involved in the liberation of Dachau. In addition to his diaries from 1929-1951, the collection includes speeches, Zionist circulars, and military reports.


The collection is arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The diaries of Martin Hauser have been microfilmed and can be viewed online: Die Tagebuecher von Martin Hauser.

The LBI Library holds the 1975, 1976, and 1989 editions of Martin Hauser’s Auf dem Heimweg and Aus den Tagebuechern eines deutschen Juden 1929-1945, the publications in the Schriftenreihe der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung based on the diaries in this collection.

Separated Material

Photographs of concentration camps were separated to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders where necessary.

Guide to the Martin Hauser Collection 1928-2002 AR 4465
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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