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Fritz Seckel Collection

Identifier: AR 25596

Scope and Content Note

The Fritz Seckel Papers are arranged in three series, including correspondence, photographs and certificates of Fritz Seckel and his daughter Irene. The collection holds the family correspondence of Fritz Seckel to various family members during World War I and World War II. It also includes photographs of Fritz Seckel in World War I and vital records of his daughter Irene, like her certificate of baptism and her certificate of citizenship.

Series I holds letters from Fritz Seckel to his family. There are letters to his parents Albert and Olga Seckelsohn and to his sister Rita Seckelsohn during World War I as well as letters from Fritz Seckelsohn to his daughter Irene during World War II.

Series II contains documents and photographs of Fritz Seckel during World War I, including his German Army papers (Militaer- und Dienstbescheinigung) and photographs from his time in the military hospital and in the prison camp in France. Also included is one photograph of him as a child. The series also holds general, undated correspondence to family members.

Series III contains documents pertaining to Fritz Seckel’s daughter Irene, including her certificate of baptism, naturalization papers, her naturalization certificate of the United States and the declaration to change her name.


  • Creation: 1915-1946
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1915-1916, 1939-1946


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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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Fritz Seckelsohn was born on June 27, 1896 in Reinbeck, Germany. He grew up in Berlin. In 1915 he joined the German Army to fight in World War I. He was captured by the French Army in the battle of Verdun-Thiaumont on August 18, 1916 and released from prison camp in Auvergne, France in 1920. He married Irmgard Lippmann, and in 1928 their daughter Irene was born. When the Nazis came to power, Fritz Seckelsohn and his second wife Sefa emigrated to London, where he changed his name to Seckel. In 1940, he was interned in the Hutchinson Internment Camp on the Isle of Man. Fritz Seckel’s daughter Irene and her mother immigrated to the United States.


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The Fritz Seckel Collection contains the correspondence between Fritz Seckel (Seckelsohn) and his family during World War I and the correspondence to his daughter Irene during World War II.

Processing Information

The collection has been rearranged and organized into three series. Items were kept in the original order of their respective folders, but the folders were reordered to reflect the new arrangement. Folders were also renumbered to accurately reflect their location.

Guide to the Papers of Fritz Seckel 1915-1946 AR 25596
Processed by Anna Corsten
© 2014
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from FritzSeckel.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 2015: 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