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Carl Misch Collection

Identifier: AR 7214

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of Misch's papers have not been preserved. The materials he had to leave behind during his flight in 1940 were confiscated by the Gestapo; Misch himself destroyed most of the papers dating from the time of his residence in the United States. The current collection is consequently a fragment, consisting primarily of press clippings.

There are excerpts from Misch's journalistic works in Germany and in exile in France (Series III, Subseries 1), and a more complete collection of clippings, offprints, and manuscripts written by Misch while he was living in the United States (Series III). There is also a small amount of correspondence relating to refugee affairs (Series II, Subseries 2), the activities of Die Neue Zeitung (Series II, Subseries 2), and the revival of journalistic and political life in postwar West Germany (Series III, Subseries 2). The papers also contain theme-oriented collections of clippings, manuscripts, and other documents. Among these are materials on the Ullstein Press (Series II, Subseries 2), the Reichstag fire (Series II, Subseries 2), American reporting on events in Europe during the Second World War (Series III, Subseries 2), United States foreign policy in postwar Germany Series III, Subseries 2), and prominent German refugees (Series II).


  • 1919-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1959


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 email:

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Born in Berlin on September 7, 1896, Carl Misch studied history at the Universities of Berlin and Munich, receiving his doctorate from the latter institution in 1920. From 1921 to 1933, he was managing editor of the Vossische Zeitung and was also personally involved in left-liberal and pacifist politics, supporting Franco-German reconciliation and exposing secret German rearmament. Incarcerated by the Nazis on their coming to power, Misch was released shortly thereafter and in 1934 he emigrated to France. Misch was involved in refugee politics, and from 1936 to 1939 he was on the staff of the émigré newspaper Pariser Tageszeitung. Following the fall of France, Misch succeeded in escaping to the United States just a few steps ahead of the pursuing Gestapo. In the USA, Misch endeavored at first to support himself as a freelance journalist writing for the refugee weekly Aufbau and later for Die Neue Zeitung, the official organ for United States foreign policy in American-occupied Germany after the war. In 1947, Misch was appointed to a position in the history department of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he taught until his death. During his professorship, he wrote a history of modern Germany entitled Deutsche Geschichte im Zeitalter der Massen (1952). Misch died in Danville, Kentucky, on October 13, 1965.


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The collection documents the work of Carl Misch (1896-1965), a German journalist who immigrated to the United States, via France during the Second World War. The bulk of this collection consists of clippings of articles, opinion pieces, and nonfiction book reviews that he contributed to various German-language publications while living first in Germany (1921-1933) and then abroad (1936-1965). As a prominent émigré intellectual, many of the clippings and correspondence that Misch collected cover the lives, work, emigration, and death of numerous Germans living in exile. The collection includes correspondences, clippings, and manuscripts relating to the academic works in the fields of history and political science that he published during his tenure at at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. A small selection of materials are about Misch himself; these items include clippings, photographs, official documents, and obituaries.

Other Finding Aid

There is an earlier finding aid that reflects the old arrangement of this collection prior to the inclusion of the 1993 addenda. The document, which is two pages in length, is typewritten and is not part of the collection.

Related Material

The LBI Library includes three items written by Carl Misch: Deutsche Geschichte im Zeitalter der Massen von der franzoesischen Revolution bis zur Gegenwart; Gesamtverzeichnis der Ausbuergerungslisten, 1933-1938. Nach dem amtlichen Abdruck des "Reichsanzeigers" zusammengestellt und bearb; Varnhagen von Ense in Beruf und Politik; at the Leo Baeck Institute Archives contain materials pertaining to Carl Misch.

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, at the University at Albany, State University of New York, includes in its "German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection" a set of Carl Misch's papers (1941-1963), including correspondence and typescripts of lectures and articles.

Processing Information

This collection was rearranged in 2012 in accordance with the various subjects it covers. The current arrangement is heavily revised from the original inventory established by its creator, Gerda Misch. Both the order of the folders and the contents within them have been changed to reflect greater organization by topic, medium, and date. Various “Addenda” were added in 1993 and have since been processed and assimilated into the first series of the present collection.

Guide to the Papers of Carl Misch (1896-1965) 1919-1970 AR 7214
Processed by Benjamin Serby
© 2012
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Description is in English.
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Revision Statements

  • January 31, 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