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Richard A. Ehrlich Collection

Identifier: AR 11

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documents about the families Alexander, Kurtzig and Ehrlich and centers around the small city of Rogasen in the formerly Prussian province of Posen. Richard A. Ehrlich, following a family tradition, was a printer and publisher, also a writer of short stories with Jewish themes mostly about Rogasen.

A report to Albert Einstein about relatives who had died in Theresienstadt led to a correspondence with Einstein who assisted Ehrlich’s son to immigrate to the United states (5 letters and 2 cards by Einstein).

Richard A Ehrlich was a survivor of Theresienstadt; there are 2 manuscripts about it. He was then active in the Displaced Persons Center in Deggendorf, Bavaria; the file about Deggendorf contains 12 issues of the Deggendorf Center Revue.

The following persons are mentioned in this collection: Alexander, Jonas; Alexander, Wolff; Baeck, Leo; Cohen, Carl; Eis, Ruth; Elbogen, Ismar; Eppstein, Paul; Lamm, Hans; Rengstorf, Karl Heinrich; Salomon, Rosa; Strauss, Bruno; Unger, Heinz.


  • 1854-1969


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

Born in Rogasen (now Rogoźno, Poland) on February 22, 1888, Richard Ehrlich was a printer and publisher. He moved to Berlin after World War I, and was deported to Theresienstadt with his wife and his mother in 1943. He immigrated to the United States in 1946, and lived in New York City. He died in 1974.


0.5 Linear Feet


The core of this collection contains published as well as unpublished manuscripts by Richard A. Ehrlich, centering on his life in the Prussian town of Rogasen and his internment in Thersienstadt. Also included are his correspondence with Albert Einstein, Bertha Badt-Strauss and others, as well as documents pertaining to the extended Alexander-Ehrlich family.

Other Finding Aid

Detailed item descriptions from the collection’s original German language inventory list by Ilse Turnheim, are available by clicking on “items” in this finding aid’s container list below.

Related Material

Richard Ehrlich’s account about his time in Theresienstadt, The History of our Negative Emigration, is also available in the LBI Memoir Collection, ME 1101.

A history of the Ehrlich family, Fuenf Generationen der Familien Alexander-Ehrlich, is catalogued separately in the Memoir Collection as ME 120.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Guide to the Richard A. Ehrlich Collection, 1854-1969 AR 11 / MF 697
© 2009
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Language of description note
The inventory is in English and German.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States