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Julius Picard Family Collection

Identifier: AR 3586 / MF 1114

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the lives of members of the Picard, Dreyfuss, Epstein and Kahn families in Alsace/Lorraine (now France) and Baden.


  • Creation: 1732-1991


Language of Materials

The collection is mainly in German, with some 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

Julius Picard was born in Lauterbourg on October 20, 1893. He studied in Strasbourg and became a medical doctor. His father Hermann Picard (born September 20, 1860) was also a medical doctor. His mother was Hedwig Hausmann (born September 13, 1866). Julius had a younger brother, Isidor Picard, who was born in 1896 and became a dentist.

Julius served in World War I during 1918. He was a member of the “Rhenus Loge Mainz” and the “Israelitischer Hilfsverein”. In 1926 he married Claire Dreyfuss (born June, 16, 1902 in Kaiserslautern). Her father, Isidor Dreyfuss, was also a medical doctor. Julius and Claire had two children, Hans Eli (born July 13, 1927) and Ernest Henry Picard (born July 24, 1929). The family resided in Mainz.

In August 1938, Julius and Claire Picard immigrated with their children to the United States. They settled in Fall River, MA, where their third son, Irving Hermann Picard, was born in 1941. Julius and Claire Picard lived in Fall River for the rest of their lives. Julius died in September 1986 and his wife in February 1995. The grandchildren now live in New York, Massachusetts and Texas.

Julius’s father Hermann Picard died in 1939 of chronic bronchitis. His wife Hedwig and their son Isidor immigrated to France in 1939, and were later evacuated to Morocco. They immigrated to the United States in 1946. Hedwig died in 1958.

Claire’s father Isidor Dreyfuss died in Germany in 1936. His wife Mathilde Cahn immigrated to the United States and died in 1963 in Fall River, MA. Her brother, Moritz Cahn (1874-1941), was a lawyer in Frankfurt/Main. He and his wife committed suicide in 1941 to escape deportation. They had tried to emigrate, but all attempts had failed.


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The collection documents the lives of members of the Picard, Dreyfuss, Epstein and Kahn families in Alsace/Lorraine (now France) and Baden.


  1. Series I: Genealogy
  2. Series II: Julius Picard (1893-1986)
  3. Series III: Hermann Picard (1860-1939)
  4. Series: IV: Hedwig Picard (nee Hausmann, 1866-1958)
  5. Series: V: Hans Eli Picard
  6. Series: VI: Isidor Dreyfuss (1869-1936)
  7. Series VII: Mathilde Dreyfuss (nee Kahn, 1879-1963)
  8. Series VIII: Moritz Kahn ( 1874-1941)
  9. Series IX: Jewish Museum Prague
  10. Series X: Jewish Community Mainz
  11. Series XI: Photographs
  12. Series XII: Donation correspondence


Collection is available on microfilm (MF 1114).

Separated Material

Julius Picard’s medals of World War I have been removed to the LBI Art and Object Collection.

Guide to the Julius Picard Family Collection, 1732-1991  AR 3586 / MF 1114
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.
  • November 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States