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Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt Family Collection

Identifier: AR 100

Scope and Content Note

The Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt Family Collection holds papers and genealogical information on the descendants of Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt as well as on members of the Porges von Portheim family, to which they were related by marriage. The collection includes some family papers, two genealogical works with extensive family trees, notebooks including diaries and account books, a memoir, clippings and a small amount of research correspondence.

Series I contains material on members of the Goldschmidt family, including those of Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt's son Benedict Salomon, grandson Moses (Moritz) Benedict and great-grandson Marcus Moritz Benedict. Notable are the two genealogical works on the family, whose family trees provide an overview of the family members who appear in this series. Another item of interest in this series are the brief memoirs of Charlotte Esther Warburg, granddaughter of Benedict Salomon Goldschmidt. Related is a notebook of Markus Moritz Goldschmidt, which includes notes on significant dates of his family members' lives, such as weddings or births. Several account books of his father, Moritz Benedict Goldschmidt, evidence the financial situation of the family business. Similar to these items is a translation of an 1870 letter by Moritz Benedict to his sons regarding proper business practices. Official documents will also be found in this series, including legal and business documents for several family members. Notable among these are those that name Moritz Benedict to the city council of Frankfurt.

Papers of members of the Porges von Portheim family are located in Series II. Among the items in this series are two diaries by unidentified family members and the memoirs of Moses Porges von Portheim. In addition, this series holds some newspaper clippings and a photograph of Max von Portheim.


  • 1829-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1830-1880


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German with small amounts of Yiddish and English.

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

Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt was a businessman, born on May 28, 1738 in Frankfurt am Main. The Goldschmidt family was wealthy, with many members involved in the iron and metal industry or in banking. He married Rechle Cassel of Offenbach, born in 1746. They had eight children. Rechle died July 17, 1810; Salomon Benedikt died on April 27, 1812.

Benedict Salomon Goldschmidt was born on July 17, 1769, the first son of Salomon Benedikt and Rechle Goldschmidt. His first marriage was to Bella Braunschweig (born 1772), with whom he had eight children. His second marriage, following his first wife's death in March 1813, was to her sister Sabine (Sprinze) Braunschweig (1785-1855). Benedict Salomon died on July 30, 1826.

The second son of Benedict Salomon and Bella Braunschweig was Moses (later Moritz) Benedict Goldschmidt, born on October 6, 1798. He married Hannah Oppenheim in March 1828; they had four children: Bella (called Bertha), Henriette, Benedict Moritz and Marcus Moritz. Moritz Benedict Goldschmidt died April 5, 1879.

Bella (Bertha) Goldschmidt was born March 31, 1829. In 1849 she married Wilhelm Edler von Portheim (1819-1873) of Prague. They had four children: Gabriele, Emma Luise, Ernestine and Max.

Marcus Moritz Goldschmidt was born on October 2, 1832. In 1872 he married his niece Emma Luise Edle von Portheim, the daughter of his sister Bertha and her husband Wilhelm Edler von Portheim. They had three children: Wilhelm Karl, Otto Heinrich and Alice. Marcus Moritz died in 1902.

The youngest son of Benedict Salomon Goldschmidt and Sabine Braunschweig was Salomon Benedict Goldschmidt, born on March 28, 1818 in Frankfurt. He married Josephine Edle von Portheim.


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The Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt Family Collection encompasses family papers and genealogical information on the family, documenting several generations of the Goldschmidt family as well as the related Porges von Portheim family. Included are short memoirs and diaries along with official and legal documents and two genealogical works with numerous family trees. Other items include account books, newspaper clippings, and a few letters and photographs.

Other Finding Aid

Fourteen index cards contain an item-level description of the contents of the collection.

Related Material

The genealogical work "Die Vorfahren meiner Ehefrau Anna Josephine Lippmann geb. von der Porten. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Familie Dr. Maximilian von der Porten (Hamburg) und der Familie Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt (Frankfurt a/M)" (folder 1/6) is available online [DM 69].

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

During processing of the collection in 2012, materials were grouped together to form series, with folders organized alphabetically within them. Description was also added to the finding aids.

Guide to the Papers of the Salomon Benedikt Goldschmidt Family 1829-1970 AR 100
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from SalomonBenediktGoldschmidtFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 22, 2014 : 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