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Gerda Dittmann Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10484

Scope and Content Note

The Gerda Dittmann Collection includes personal and business materials pertaining to the Dittmann and Ottensooser families and consists of correspondence, personal, business, and legal documents, clippings, poetry, and notebooks.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence. There is personal correspondence as well as business correspondence with partners and government authorities, and correspondence with lawyers and German officials regarding restitution and pension.

Business related materials include a large volume of financial documents, such as contracts, inventories, lists, account books, bank statements and transactions, bills, and tax returns.

Personal documents consist of financial, legal, vital, educational, and travel documents. Other personal materials include language exercise books and two books of poetry (most likely authored by Fritz Dittmann).

Dates

  • 1889-1979

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English with some French.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Biographical Note

Fritz Dittmann was born in 1889. He lost his parents at a very young age and was raised by his relatives, Simon and Sophie Fleischmann in Aufseß, Germany. Simon Fleischmann had a tannery and leather business, which he handed over to Fritz Dittmann in 1910. In 1923 Fritz Dittmann opened a new business in Nürnberg.

In 1925, Fritz Dittmann married Gerda Ottensooser, a banker's daughter. They had two daughters, Sophie and Elsie.

The Dittmann family left Germany in 1934 and first settled in Dijon, France before moving to New York in 1938. In New York, Fritz Dittmann opened a new business, Pantex Clothing Corporation. Fritz Dittmann died in 1974, in New York.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Gerda Dittmann Collection includes personal and business materials pertaining to the Dittmann and Ottensooser families and consists of correspondence, personal, business, and legal documents, clippings, poetry, and notebooks.
Title
Guide to the Gerda Dittmann Collection 1889-1979 AR 10484
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History"

Revision Statements

  • December 05, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States