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Hochheimer Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25469

Scope and Content Note

The Hochheimer Family Collection contains documents and letters relating to the Hochheimer, Heilbronn, Schoenthal, David, Rothenberg, Neuburg, and Kaunitz families, primarily dating from the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The bulk of this collection consists of the correspondence, incoming and outgoing, of Alice and Arthur Hochheimer with family members during World War Two. Included are many letters written by Alice Hochheimer in the United States to her parents Louis and Anna Schoenthal in Germany during the early 1940s. Also present is the correspondence between Arthur Hochheimer and his parents Martha (née Neuburg) and Robert Rothenberg (stepfather) and his half sister Lotte Rothenberg. There are also letters between Alice's sister Lilli Heilbronn (née Schoenthal) and her parents and letters from Max Heilbronn to his son Salo. The collection also includes a typed travelogue of the December 1938 Atlantic crossing of Alice and Arthur Hochheimer from Germany to New York.

A typewritten July 1942 letter from Alice Hochheimer's sister Johanna (Henni) David née Schoenthal in Hannover to her family describes the difficulty and despair of Jews living in Germany. The letter has a March 16, 1943 pencil postscript from her husband, Julius David, as they are leaving on the transport to Theresienstadt. The letter was hidden and never sent, and resurfaced in the 1960s. An English translation is also found here.

The collection also includes photocopies of the following: a postcard to Henni David from A. Joersch during World War One; a letter from Moritz Hochheimer to family; photocopies of letters from the aircraft manufacturer Buecker Flugzeugbau - Berlin Germany relating to the sale of German aircraft to Dr. Alfred Hochheimer in Sao Paulo, Brazil; photocopies of the title pages and inscriptions of books removed to the LBI library; and a list of family relationships and a family tree.

Dates

  • 1904-1945
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1941

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is mostly in German. Some of the material has English translations.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

Arthur Hochheimer (1904, Bielefeld, Germany - 1979, Miami Beach, FL) and Alice née Schoenthal (1911, Rödelheim, Germany - 2004 Manhassett, NY) left Germany for the United States in 1938. Many of their family members, including Alice's sister Johanna (Henni) David née Schoenthal (1901-1944) and her husband, Julius David, stayed behind in Germany and perished in the Holocaust.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The Hochheimer Family Collection contains documents and letters relating to the Hochheimer, Heilbronn, Schoenthal, David, Rothenberg, Neuburg, and Kaunitz families, primarily dating from the late 1930s and early 1940s. The majority consists of the correspondence of Alice and Arthur Hochheimer with family members in Germany during World War Two.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically by title. Alice and Arthur Hochheimer's correspondence remains in original order as provided by the donor.

Related Material

A detailed Hochheimer genealogy can be found at the following website: http://www.thekesters.net/Genealogy/Hochheimer.html

Separated Material

‚Alt-Rödelheim : ein Heimatbuch von Dr. Emil Hartmann‘ and other books were removed to the LBI Library. Folder 1 has color photocopies of the covers and inscriptions.

A set of tefillin has been removed to the LBI Arts and Objects collection.

A DVD of 163 high-resolution color photographs by Daniel Kester, of tombstones in the Steinheim (Westfalen) Jewish cemetery, was removed to the LBI AV collection.

Processing information

Plastic sleeves were removed from the collection. Sleeves with writing were photocopied to acid-free paper and clipped to the document contained therein.
Title
Guide to the Hochheimer Family Collection undated, 1904-1945 , bulk 1938-1941 AR 25469
Author
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • March 26, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States