Fred Grubel Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection holds both personal and professional documents, correspondence, and printed matter, along with some photographs. Included are newspapers and newspaper clippings from 1930s Germany, and clippings and announcements relating to Grubel himself from later on in the United States. Full manuscripts of Grubel's memoirs in English and German are included along with other personal materials. Of particular interest are documents pertaining to Grubel’s arrest in 1938, an attempt at restitution of his parents’ belongings in 1960, and a 'get well' card from Bill Clinton in 1996. There is substantial documentation of Grubel's time working at the Leo Baeck Institute through correspondence and articles. Two videocassettes: The Story of Money: All About Money and The Story of Money: Secret Life of Money (produced by A & E Television Networks) in which Grubel is interviewed have been removed to the A/V collection.
- Majority of material found within 1920-1997
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
Fred Grubel was born as Fritz Grübel in Leipzig in 1908. There he attended school and university, gaining a Doctorate in Law in 1930. He worked in law offices until he was prohibited to do so in 1933 because he was Jewish; he then took a position as leader of the Leipzig Jewish community. Grubel married Lisa née Cohen. In 1938, Grubel applied for immigration visas for him and his family to move to the United States. Whilst waiting for these applications to be processed, he was arrested and interned for five weeks in Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He immigrated with his wife and infant son to England in 1939, before making his way to the United States in 1940. He worked in the Jewish community and became executive director of the Leo Baeck Institute in 1970, where he remained working until 1997. Grubel died in New York in 1998.
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Personal and professional documents of Fred Grubel relating to his work in the Jewish community in Leipzig and later on in the Leo Baeck Institute.
Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 1020).
- Reel 1: 1/1-Day Books a.
- Reel 2: Day Books b.
- Reel 3: Day Books c.
Two videocassettes: The Story of Money: All About Money and The Story of Money: Secret Life of Money have been removed to the A/V collection.
Two series were established in the processing of this collection. The papers in Series I were organized alphabetically by topic.
- Guide to the Papers of Fred Grubel (1908-1998) 1883-1999 AR 3695 / MF 1020
- Processed by Corrine Schmuel
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from FredGrubel.xml
- February 18, 2015 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.