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Hellpach-Kubatzki Correspondence Collection

Identifier: AR 11087

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of personal correspondence from Willy Hellpach, former State President of Baden, Germany, to Martha Cohn née Kubatzki from 1929-1935. The materials include letters, picture postcards, poems, newspaper and scholarly articles authored by Hellpach (Folders 1, 3, 4) and a photograph of Hellpach (Folder 1). This correspondence mainly consists of letters and poems handwritten by Hellpach and reflects a romantic relationship between Hellpach and Martha Kubatzki. Only a few copies of letters from her to Hellpach are included (Folders 6, 7). This collection also contains a small notebook and a 1915 edition of the songbook, Der Zupfgeigenhansl. The songbook contains several pages of handwritten lyrics, as well as the names Arthur Cohn and Dr. Emil Cohn. The notebook bears the initials A.C. on its cover. The connection between Arthur, Emil, and Martha Cohn is not clear from the materials in the collection alone. A letter from Martha Cohn’s executor is also included in this collection.


  • 1915-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1935


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German, with some English and Hebrew.

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

Martha Cohn née Kubatzki (1902-1999) was born in Berlin, Germany. She worked as a secretary at the Lessing Hochschule in Berlin and later immigrated to the United States. Cohn served as trustee at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City.

Willy Hellpach (1877-1955) was the sixth State President of Baden, Germany, where he also served as Minister of Education. He was also a candidate for the 1925 German Presidential election on behalf of the German Democratic Party. A psychologist and physician, Hellpach authored numerous publications after withdrawing from politics in 1930. He married Olga née Klim in 1904.


“Hellpach, Willy Hugo.” Neue deutsche Biographie. Bd. 8. Berlin: Hartmann-Heske, 1969. Allgemeine deutsche Biographie & Neue deutsche Biographie (Digitale Register). Web. 13 January 2014.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection contains correspondence from Willy Hellpach to Martha Cohn née Kubatzki, primarily from the early 1930s. The materials include letters, postcards, poems, newspaper and scholarly publications, and a photograph. The collection also includes a notebook, songbook, and an executor’s letter.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Mailing envelopes were discarded in cases where the information on the envelope could be found on the piece of correspondence itself. Newspaper articles were photocopied and the originals discarded. The photograph was placed in a protective sleeve and torn documents were placed in mylar sleeves. During encoding in 2014, the title of the collection was changed from the Martha Cohn Collection to the Hellpach-Kubatzki Correspondence Collection to better reflect the contents.

Guide to the Hellpach-Kubatzki Correspondence Collection undated, 1915-1999 (bulk 1929-1935) AR 11087
Processed by Catherine Greer
© 2014
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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