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Werner Marx Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25181

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mainly photocopies of family trees and other documents about the history of the Marx, Dreyfuss (Dreifuss), Freiberg, Deutsch, and Tuteur families. These documents constitute the research material for Werner Marx's book Circumstances. The majority of the documents are from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The collection includes family and legal records, correspondence (among modern researchers as well as in older letters and postcards), written family histories, general history articles, and photographs.


  • 1796-2003
  • Majority of material found in 1820-1850, 1932-1945, 1990-2003


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German, with some French.

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

Werner Marx was born in 1930 in the Northern Palatinate (Nordpfalz, Germany), the region where his family had lived for generations. In 1939 Werner and his family immigrated to the United States on board the S.S. Deutschland, via Hamburg. After completing his military service with the U.S. Air Force, he went to the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated there in 1953 with a degree in Photographic Technology. In 2003 his book Circumstances was published by Northeast Color Laboratory, describing the history of four Jewish German families: Marx, Dreyfuss (this family was distantly related to Captain Alfred Dreyfus), Freiberg and Deutsch. Werner was the son of Sigmund Marx (1881-1946) and Helene Freiberg (1892-1987); Sigmund Marx was the son of Jakob Marx (1844-1914) and Marianna Dreyfuss (1846-1914), whose own family, generations earlier, was related to the Marx family.


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This collection contains a variety of vital records, identification papers, legal documents and family records from the Dreyfuss, Freiberg, and Marx families, mostly from the 19th century, as well as family trees, personal histories, and research material, much of which was used in Werner Marx's book, Circumstances: a family history.


The collection is arranged in two series:

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

See also Circumstances: a family history - Marx/Freiberg by Werner Marx, located in the LBI Library [q 251].

There is also a typed manuscript of this book (call number MS 532): Kaffruse. Marx Freiberg. A family history by Werner J.B. Marx.

Separated Material

See also the Marx and Freiburg family portrait album – ALB 187.

Guide to the Papers of the Werner Marx Family 1796-2003 AR 25181
Processed by Michael Himmel
© 2013
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
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This version was derived from WernerMarxFamily.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