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Rabbi Gunter and Ruth Hirschberg Collection

Identifier: AR 25206

Scope and Content Note

Series I includes the writings of Gunter Hirschberg. Prominent among them is a lecture on Jewish women in English and German. The series also contains his diaries; some of them are undated, but seem to be from his early years. One is a travel diary from 1954.

Hedwig Burchard's writings can be found in Series II. The bulk of the writings are travel diaries from several journeys in Germany and Italy. There is also a diary, which, among other things, records the birth of Ruth. One essay, on working opportunities for women, was originally located with Gunter Hirschberg's lecture about Jewish women, located in folder 4.

Series III holds various writings. Prominent among them is the Stammbaum (family tree) of the Burchard family, reaching back to 1760 with a final update in 1964. Series II also holds Ruth Hirschberg's Poesiealbum from 1929, and an article about the life and work of Gunter Hirschberg in Congregation Rodeph Sholom's The Chronicle from 1989.


  • Creation: 1890-1989


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Gunter Hirschberg (1920-1989) was born in Berlin. From 1936 to 1947 he lived in England and Australia where he pursued a musical career. In 1944 Gunter married Ruth Hirschberg nee Burchard, also from Germany. In 1947/1948 the Hirschbergs moved to New York City where Gunter became cantor at a congregation in Brooklyn. He was appointed cantor of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom (Manhattan) in 1952. While working in this profession, he also studied at Columbia University to finish his education. Afterwards he entered the Hebrew Union College to study for the rabbinate. In 1972 he became Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and stayed there until his death in 1989.


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This collection consists of the writings of Gunter Hirschberg and Hedwig Burchard (Ruth Hirschberg's mother). The bulk of the collection is Hedwig Burchard's writings. In addition, Ruth Hirschberg's Poesiealbum (1929) can be found in the collection, along with a family tree of the Burchard family.


The collection is on one reel of microfilm (MF 761).

Guide to the Papers of Gunter and Ruth Hirschberg 1890-1989 AR 25206 / MF 761
Processed by Michael Aldinger
© 2007
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Gunter_Ruth_Hirschberg.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 22, 2013 : 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