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Lowell Loewenthal Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25306

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to Steven Lowell and his ancestors. It includes historical family documents, genealogical research, and photographs, as well as files concerning Lowell’s efforts at gaining restitution from the Austrian government.

The family materials include vital, education, and official documents relating to Steven Lowell, his parents Fritz and Alice Loewenthal, and other relatives. Some of the documents are photocopies from archives. Genealogical materials, including correspondence and tables, relate to the Loewenthal, Weininger, and Weissberger families.

Materials relating to Edwin Weissberger include vital and education documents for both he and his wife Edith, copies of memos he prepared in 1951 for the International Refugee Organization (IRO) in Frankfurt, Germany, and photographs, clippings, and ephemera from his time in Shanghai, China.

Lowell’s restitution materials consist primarily of correspondence with and official documents from various Austrian government bodies. It also contains correspondence with other organizations, such as the Bundesverband der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinden Oesterreichs (Federation of Jewish Communities in Austria), the Commission for Art Recovery, the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, and the New York State Banking Department. The collection also contains some correspondence with his attorney in Austria. The forms and applications contain detailed information about the harm that the Nazis caused him and his family.


  • 1896-2006


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English, with a small amount of Czech and Dutch.

Access Restrictions

This collection is closed to researchers.

Access Information

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

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Steven Paul Lowell was born in 1931 in Vienna, Austria as Stefan Paul Sigmund Loewenthal. His father, Fritz Loewenthal (1896-1947), was from Vienna, while his mother, Alice (Lizzie) née Weissberger (1904-1974), was born in Teschen (now Tešínsko in the Czech Republic). In 1939 the family fled Austria, first to Holland and then to the United States. They changed their last name from Loewenthal to Lowell in 1945, when they claimed US citizenship. Steven’s father, a metallurgist, died a few years after the family arrived in New York. His mother, a milliner with a shop on Madison Avenue, later remarried. Steven attended New York University from 1948 to 1952, and then completed a tour in the United States Army in 1953. He is married to Susan Lowell née Lederer.

Edwin Weissberger (1897-1976) was Alice Lowell’s brother. He was married to Edith née Holzmann (1907-1972). After serving in the reserves of the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1915 to 1918, he studied law at the University of Vienna and became an attorney in 1927. In 1939, the couple fled to Shanghai, where they ran a successful tailoring company together with Edwin’s stepfather Oscar Schorr. In the 1950s, the Weissbergers emigrated to the United States.


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This collection contains materials related to Steven Lowell (born Loewenthal) and his ancestors. It includes historical family documents, genealogical research, and photographs, as well as files concerning Lowell’s efforts at gaining restitution from the Austrian government.


This collection is arranged into two series.

Separated Material

Some photos were removed to the LBI Photograph collection and digitized.

Three photo albums have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Duplicates and envelopes were removed.

Guide to the Lowell Loewenthal Family Collection Undated, 1896-2006 AR 25306
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2012
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Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • October 28, 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