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Moritz Lazarus collection

Identifier: AR 2051

Scope and Content Note

Folder 1 consists primarily of photocopied letters from Moritz Lazarus to Ignaz Goldziher; the chess master Dr. Harrwitz; Prof. Vahlen; and to Dr. B. Felsenthal in Chicago. Also included are the family tree of Moritz Lazarus since 1790; a copy of C.V. Zeitung on Sep. 18, 1924, which was dedicated to the anniversary of Moritz Lazarus’ 100th birthday; a 1971 letter from Ingrid Belke to the LBI about her research on Lazarus in East-Berlin; an inventory list of the Lazarus-Archive in Jerusalem; and the transcript of Moritz Lazarus’ letter on June 7, 1895, to the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.

Folder 2 (former call number AR 272) holds original notes and letters from Moritz Lazarus to friends and acquaintances, like Paul Lindau and others. Also included is a 16 page long, handwritten manuscript, “Carnaval. Eine psychologische Studie”, written in Nice, France in February 1882.

Folder 3 (former call number AR 3770) contains original letters from correspondents in the Lazarus family, including Moritz Lazarus; his first wife, Sara Lazarus, née Lebenheim; and his brother in law, Heymann Steinthal.


  • Creation: 1854-1971
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1854-1902

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Hebrew and English.

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

Moritz Lazarus (1824-1903) was a German philosopher. He was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of Bern and Berlin. Later he taught at the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin.


3 Folders


The collection contains correspondence (original autographs and photocopies), clippings and other materials pertaining to the philosopher Moritz Lazarus.


The materials have been arranged in one series.

Other Finding Aid

German language index cards describing each item are included in the folders.

Related Material

LBI Archives has digitized ‘Selected correspondence of Moritz Lazarus; 1854-1894’, DM 149. More correspondence from and to Moritz Steinthal, 1857-1882, from the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek Berlin and Munich is available on microfilms at the Leo Baeck Institute by call number DM 200. The bulk of the correspondence is in possession of the library of the Humboldt-University in Berlin / Nachlass Lazarus II, 1-44.

Separated Material

A manuscript by Ingrid Belke, "Der Mensch ist eine Bestie... : Ein unveroeffentlichter Brief Theodor Fontanes an den Begruender der Voelkerpsychologie Moritz Lazarus," has been removed to MS 1013. - A photograph portrait of Moritz Lazarus has been moved to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Moritz Lazarus collection 1854-1971 bulk 1854-1902 AR 2051
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 30, 2014: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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