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Centralverein Deutscher Staatsbuerger Juedischen Glaubens

Identifier: AR 3965

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains bylaws, circulars, guiding principles, lectures, newspaper articles, and proclamations pertaining to the German representative organization “Centralverein”. A large part is devoted to minutes of Centralverein’s board meetings from 1894/1895 until its 1927 general meeting. - The collection originated primarily from the estate of CV’s staff member Alfred Hirschberg in Brazil, after he had escaped Nazi Germany.


  • 1884-1937, 1972

Language of Materials

This collection is in 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

The Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith) was founded in 1893 in Berlin and soon became the most significant representative organization for Jews in Germany with the understanding that Jews were primarily German citizens, adhering to a specific religion.

Alfred Hirschberg was born in Gnesen (now Gniezno, Poland) on September 27, 1901. He started working for the Centralverein in 1920 as an archivist and a librarian; specifically, he edited the internal reports of various lawyers working for the Centralverein. From 1921 on, Hirschberg contributed to Centralverein’s newspaper “Im deutschen Reich” and later to “C.V. Zeitung”. After graduating law school as “Dr.jur.” in 1929, Hirschberg became one of Centralverein’s official staff lawyers (“Syndikus”); in 1932 he was the leading staff lawyer and editor in chief of “C.V. Zeitung”. From 1933 to 1938 he excelled in most difficult administrative issues of C.V.’s successor organizations. Hirschberg emigrated to France in 1939 and then to Brazil in 1940, where he was active in Jewish community affairs. He died in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 22, 1971.


1 Linear Feet


The collection contains bylaws, circulars, guiding principles, lectures, minutes, newspaper articles, and proclamations pertaining to the German representative organization “Centralverein”.


Series I: Minutes and other materials of Centralverein meetings; 1884-1928

Series II: Manuscripts in the Alfred Hirschberg Collection; circa 1929-1937

Series III: Varia; undated, 1893-1927, 1972

Other Finding Aid

The original German language inventory list for the Alfred Hirschberg collection by Ilse Turnheim is available in folder 1. Also included are original German language inventory lists for the formerly independent collections AR 366 and AR 3246.


The bulk of materials in AR 366; 3246; 3965; and 3966 is also available on microfilms MF 582 Reels 1-2.

Related Material

Also available are CV calendars for the years 1937-1939 on microfilm MF 323.

Clippings and publications from the Alfred Hirschberg Collection have been removed to AR 3966.

Guide to the Centralverein Deutscher Staatsbuerger Juedischen Glaubens : Alfred Hirschberg Collection, 1884-1937, 1972 AR 3965
Processed by Ilse Turnheim and Hermann Teifer
© 2009
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2018:: 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