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Fred Grubel Collection

Identifier: AR 3695 / MF 1020

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.


  • 1883-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1997

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

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


Biographical Note

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.


The collection has been divided into two series:


Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 1020).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-Day Books a.
  2. Reel 2: Day Books b.
  3. Reel 3: Day Books c.

Related Material

A number of published works by Fred Grubel may be found in the LBI library:

  1. Die Leipziger juedische Gemeinde von Hitlers Machtuebernahme {1933) bis zum Pogromwinter (1938/39) (1991) [BM 318 L45 G7]
  2. Jettchen Geberts Kinder (1988) [DS 113 G7]
  3. Schreib das auf eine Tafel die mit Ihnen bleibt juedisches Leben im 20. Jahrhundert (1998) [DS 135 G5 G75 1998]
  4. Zeitgenosse Sigmund Freud: Bericht...ueber drei Freud-Korrespondenzen im Archiv des Leo Baeck Institutes, New York (1979) [st 1614]

Two memoirs by Fred Grubel are also available in the LBI Archives:

  1. Errinerte Errinerungen. Juedisches Leben in dem Kaiserreich [ME 875/ MM II 11]
  2. Life Remembered: a Home in the World - A World in the Home 1908-1997 [ME 1148/ MM II 33]

Separated Material

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.

Processing Information

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

Revision Statements

  • February 18, 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