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Henry Heinz Brecher Collection

Identifier: AR 11701

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documentation of the Henry Heinz Brecher family, including a questionnaire, vital records, articles, photographs, correspondence, and family trees.

Folder 1 contains a questionnaire filled out by Henry Heinz Brecher regarding his life in Austria before World War II, emigration from Austria to the United States, and life in the United States. Also included are vital records, including birth register excerpts and birth certificates for Brecher, his father Ernst (Ernő) Brecher, and Ernst's siblings Norbert, Sidonie (Szidónia), Richard, and Oscar (Oszkár); and articles about the history of Jews in Graz and Simon Rendi, former president of the Jewish Community of Graz.

Folder 2 contains photographs of Henry Heinz Brecher and his family, including his mother Klara Brecher née Taussig; maternal grandparents Richard Taussig and Gisela Breuer Taussig; father Ernst Brecher; paternal grandparents Max (Miksa) Brecher and Rudolfine (Rudolfina) Brecher née Rosenbaum; aunt Sidonie Benčić née Brecher; uncle Norbert Brecher; great-uncle Simon Rendi; and Henry Heinz Brecher's childhood home in Graz.

Folder 3 contains family correspondence dated from 1938 to 1944 regarding family members' emigration from Europe and the fates of various family members during World War II. Photocopies of the original correspondence are accompanied by typed German-language transcripts and English-language translations. Also included are Brecher and Taussig family trees.


  • Creation: circa 2003


Language of Materials

This collection is in English, German and Hungarian.

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

Henry Heinz Brecher was born Heinz Brecher on August 29, 1932, in Graz. After the Anschluss, his parents sent him to live with relatives in Zagreb, where he stayed for three years. After these relatives emigrated, he subsequently stayed with several other families before arrangements were made to have him taken to Split, which was in the Italian-occupied part of Yugoslavia. Heinz lived in Split until the Italian capitulation and subsequent German occupation of this part of Yugoslavia. After a brief detention in Split in spring 1944, they made their way a displaced persons camp in Bari, Italy. They immigrated to the United States in August 1944.


3 Folders


The collection contains documentation of the Henry Heinz Brecher family, including a questionnaire, vital records, articles, photographs, correspondence, and family trees.

Other Finding Aid

Inventories are available in the folders


Austrian Heritage Collection


Some items in the collection are low-quality photocopies, and legibility is not optimal.

Guide to the Henry Heinz Brecher Collection, circa 2003  AR 11701
Processed by Sarah Glover
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2013-08-19.: Access point for Simon Rendi edited.
  • July 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States