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Kurt Adler Materials

Identifier: AR 25716

Scope and Content Note

The Kurt Adler Materials hold several documents pertaining primarily to the professional career of Kurt Adler. There are also some documents concerning his emigration and naturalization in the United States.

Folder 1 contains several clippings, correspondence and official documents. Clippings include newspaper articles of Kurt Adler as a conductor. Additionally there are numerous clippings of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, including information sheets, programs, and biographical information about Kurt Adler, such as an artist's questionnaire. Furthermore there are photocopies of official documents concerning his immigration to the United States from the National Archives of the United States. Finally the folder contains a photograph of Kurt Adler and his certificate of death.

The content of folders two and three belong to the homepage of the Neuhaus publisher. There is one print-out of the homepage with information about Kurt Adler and besides this a print-out of an e-book – "Kurt Adler" – by Vaclav Urban. The e-book deals with Kurt Adler's life from his time in Bohemia, Berlin and Prague to his employment at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The book is divided into three main chapters: The first chapter is the attempt of a reconstruction of Adler's life. The second chapter deals with his publications, and the last chapter concentrates on his time at the Metropolitan Opera. The e-book comprises 140 pages and is written in Czech. The last folder holds correspondence, which documents the registration of the property of Kurt Adler's parents, Siegfried and Olga Adler, in 1938 and the restitution of their lost property. There is a bunch of photocopies of these documents from the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv.


  • Creation: 1922-2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1922-1965


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, Czech, and German.

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


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Kurt Adler was born on 1st of March in 1907 in Jindřichův Hradec in Bohemia (now in Czech Republic). His parents Siegfried Adler and Olga Adler were murdered in the Holocaust. Kurt Adler immigrated to the United States in October 1938 and was naturalized in 1944.

Kurt Adler was a chorus master, music conductor, author and pianist. He began studying music at the age of six. He started his professional career on the musical staff of the Berlin State Opera. Later he became a conductor at the German Opera in Prague and the German Musical Stage in Berlin. From 1933 to 1939 he was conducting operas and concerts all over Europe. In 1943 he joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He has also been the Musical Director for the Opera Nacional in Mexico City, the Central City Opera Festival, the Summer Opera Season at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood and has conducted various concerts and operas all over the United States and Canada.

He had one daughter, Ingrid, with his partner Nina Boldin. In 1948 he married Irene Hawthorne. In 1965 he married Christiane Tocco. The couple had three children: Evelyne, Luc Pierre Philippe and a stepson, Jacques Maximilian Mueller.

On the 21st of September in 1977 Kurt Adler died in Butler, New Jersey, of a kidney disease.


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This collection mainly consists of documents pertaining to the conductor Kurt Adler. Primarily there are documents about his life and his professional career, but there are also documents concerning the restitution of lost property of his parents.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Guide to the Kurt Adler Materials 1922-2015 AR 25716
Processed by Maria Jäger
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Description is in English.
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Revision Statements

  • April 3, 2018 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • April 9, 2018 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States