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Martin Beradt Collection

Identifier: AR 2286

Scope and Content Note

The Martin Beradt Collection centers on letters and manuscripts from, about and to Martin Beradt and his wife Charlotte Beradt, née Aron. The first series consists of personal documents, which include the documents of US-citizenship of Martin Beradt, his school certificates and pictures of his parents as well as his autograph collection. The second series centers on the correspondence of Martin and Charlotte Beradt with publishers in Germany and later in the United States. Beradt always tried to republish his work after the Nazis burnt his books in 1933. The third series holds manuscripts written by Martin Beradt himself. There are the early newspaper articles, which are focused on themes like youth and justice as well as short stories, which were influenced by his experiences during the First World War and his emigration in 1939. A lot of these essays refer to Jewish life in Berlin during the 1920s. The last series of this collection includes reports and reviews about Martin Beradt and his work. It collects clippings from important contemporary German newspapers and broadcast reports from the Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ WDR (West-German radio station).


  • 1902-1988
  • Majority of material found within 1909-1965


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and Hebrew.

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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The author and lawyer Martin Beradt was born in Magdeburg on August, 26th 1881. In 1892 his family moved to Berlin. Beradt studied law in Berlin, Munich and Heidelberg. He received a doctorate from the university of Freiburg (Breisgau) in 1906. His first book Go was published three years later. Since 1911 Beradt worked as a lawyer in Berlin. He was a co-founder and syndic of the Schutzverband deutscher Schriftsteller (association for the protection of German writers). In 1933 Beradt was expelled from the bar association because he was Jewish. The Nazis burned his books and banned them. In 1938 Beradt married Charlotte Aron (1907-1986). One year later the couple immigrated to New York via London. In New York Beradt's wife earned a living as a hairdresser. Martin Beradt tried to find a new publisher, but he was not successful. He died in New York, on November 26th 1949. After his death Charlotte Beradt found some publishers who reissued the work of her husband.

Go. Ein Roman.
Der Richter.
Das Kind.
Schipper an der Front.
Beide Seiten einer Strasse: Roman aus dem Scheunenviertel.


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The Martin Beradt Collection centers on literary items. It holds manuscripts by the lawyer and writer Martin Beradt and the correspondence with several publishers. Furthermore there is material about Martin Beradt, for example reviews and broadcasting reports.

Related Material

Related material will be found in the following books and archival collection:

  1. Annelen Kranefuss: Warum er, nicht ich? Der Jurist und Schriftsteller Martin Beradt. 1981. (PT 2603 E55 Z753)
  2. Charlotte Beradt: Martin Beradt – Sein Kreis und sein Werk. 1965. (PT 2603 E55 Z64)
  3. Constantin Brunner Collection (AR 25011)
  4. Martin Beradt: Der Richter. 1909. (JF 705 B38)
  5. Martin Beradt: Go. Ein Roman. 1909. (PT 2603 ETG6 1909)
  6. Martin Beradt: Das Kind. 1911. (PT 2603 E55 K5 1911)
  7. Martin Beradt: Schipper an der Front. 1929. (PT 2603 E55 E7 1929)
  8. Martin Beradt: Beide Seiten einer Strasse: Roman aus dem Scheunenviertel. 1993. (PT 2603 E55 S81)

Separated Material

The following books were removed to the LBI Library from Series III:

  1. Charlotte Beradt: Paul Levi. Ein demokratischer Sozialist in der Weimarer Republik. 1969.
  2. Charlotte Beradt (publisher): Rosa Luxemburg im Gefaengnis. Briefe und Dokumente aus der Jahren 1915-1918. 1973.
  3. Martin Beradt: Erdareiter. Aufzeichnungen eines Schanzsoldaten. 1919.

Processing Information

The collection was previously arranged in several folders. Series adjustments and descriptions were added during processing in 2011.

Guide to the Papers of Martin Beradt (1881-1949) 1902-1988 AR 2286
Processed by Maria Neumann
© 2011
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from MartinBeradt.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 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