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Erich and Rita Kahn Collection

Identifier: AR 10331

Scope and Content Note

The Erich and Rita Kahn Collection consists of the papers of members of this family, on both its Kahn and Loeb sides. Most of the documents in the collection pertain to family members' immigration or were used in reestablishing themselves in the United States. The collection includes many official documents, including passports and other identification papers, letters of reference and statements of good conduct, educational papers, ships' passenger lists, Karl and Maria Anna Kahn's marriage contract, some personal correspondence and papers, brief biographical and genealogical notes, and other papers.

Series I contains the papers of individual family members, the bulk of the collection. Included are papers related to Karl Kahn's education as a dentist and Emil Loeb's work as a salesman in Saarbrücken. Much of the material focuses on the Loeb family's preparations for immigration with many papers required for immigration, such as passports, identification documentation, birth certificates, letters of reference, and material relating to their passage to the United States. Some information on other trips by the Loebs, such as a 1948 trip by Emil and Johanna to Europe and an undated trip to Switzerland by Rita and Emil while Rita was a child, are also included.

Various notes and other material will be found in Series II. Notes include brief biographical information on family members and a list of Kahn family descendants along with a list of textiles removed from the collection. Copies of pages of removed books are also held in this series, along with a few papers regarding deaths or memorials of family members, among other items.


  • 1904-1948
  • Majority of material found in 1935-1948


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, French, and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Reserve" button.

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

Johanna (Jeanne) Ury, the daughter of Isaak Ury and his wife Mathilde (née Loeb), was born in Grossblittersdorf in 1886, then part of Germany (now Grosbliederstroff, France). Johanna married Emil Loeb, born in 1881 in Schwegenheim, Germany, the son of Elias Loeb and his wife Regine (née Landmann). Emil and Johanna had a daughter, Rita, born in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1921. In 1935, the family emigrated to Luxembourg, where they lived until 1941, when they immigrated to the United States.

Karl (sometimes spelled Carl) Kahn was born in Offenburg, Germany in 1883. He studied at the University of Strassburg and was granted a license to practice dentistry in Germany in 1904. In 1920, he received a doctorate in dentistry from the University of Heidelberg. He married Maria Anna Loeb, daughter of Adolf Loeb and Barbara Elisabetha (née Cahn) in 1912. The couple had a daughter, Else, born in 1915 and a son, Erich, in 1920. In 1938 the family immigrated to the United States. Erich Kahn served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Rita Loeb married Erich Kahn and the couple settled in Teaneck, New Jersey, where Erich Kahn owned a pastry shop. They had two sons. Erich Kahn died in 2007, Rita in 2012.


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This collection holds the papers of members of the Kahn and Loeb families, including Rita Kahn (née Loeb), Karl and Maria Anna Kahn and Emil and Johanna Loeb. The collection's focus is on the immigration of family members, with many official documents as well as educational and professional documents. Among the collection's papers will be found several passports along with other identification papers, letters of reference, educational certificates, ship's passenger lists, some personal correspondence and papers, biographical and genealogical notes, a newspaper clipping and other papers.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

Related is the Heichelheim Family Collection. AR 10035, whose family tree shows ancestors of Erich Kahn.

Separated Material

Various textiles that belonged to Johanna Loeb were removed to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection.

Several books were removed from the collection to the LBI Library:

  1. Das Gebetbuch der Israeliten (German and Hebrew, 1934, 1937)
  2. Stunden der Andacht (German, 1908, 191?);
  3. Hausmittel by Christoph Jakob Mellin (1786)
  4. Vater ist im Kriege by Rudolf Presber (1916)
  5. Die Heilige und ihr Narr by Agnes Guenther (1916)
Guide to the Papers of Erich (1920-2007) and Rita (1921-2012) Kahn 1904-1948 AR 10331
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization was made possible by the Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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This version was derived from Erich_RitaKahn.xml

Revision Statements

  • June 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States