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Henry Bauer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25204

Scope and Content Note

The collection is subdivided into two parts. Series I (Box 1) includes documents and items related to different members of the Bauer family. It conatains personal documents, certificates and correspondence specifically of Rudolf Bauer and Erna Klein, as well as family trees, prayer, and memorial books.

Series II concentrates on Henry Bauer, documenting his life, interests and relationships to his closest family members. Personal correspondence mainly conducted between Henry and his parents, before their deportation to Camp de Gurs and during their internment, makes up the largest part of the series. Furthermore it contains several official documents and certificates from Germany, as well as from the United States. Formal correspondence concerning visa, transportation and compensation claim affairs are enclosed.


  • 1893-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1941


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and 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

Henry (Heinz) Bauer was born September 21, 1917 in Mannheim, the son of Ludwig Bauer and Irma Judith née Hochherr and had two siblings, Susanne and (Werner) Bernhard Bauer. After he had graduated from secondary school Henry Bauer began a 2-year commercial apprenticeship in Ludwigshafen which he completed in 1935. He took several courses of different kinds afterwards, such as photography, film, book printing and typesetting courses until he left Germany in 1940. Soon after he arrived in the United States he made persistent efforts to obtain a visa for his younger brother Werner (Bernhard). Furthermore he strove for the release of his parents, who were deported to the Camp de Gurs in October of 1940. Two years later both were deported to Auschwitz, where they perished.

In 1950 Henry Bauer married Ellen Jane Drucker in New York.


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This collection gives a diverse insight into the Henry Bauer family. It holds family trees, memorial and prayer books, notebooks, certificates and correspondence of different family members. The second part of the collection focuses more strongly on Henry Bauer and his life, elucidating the time he spent in Germany as well as the time after his immigration to the United States. His persistent efforts to obtain a visa for his younger brother and his parents to release them from Camp de Gurs are documented in official correspondence and documents, as well as in extensive correspondence with his parents between 1940 and 1941, which makes up the collection's largest part.


The collection contains two series:


The collection is on two reels of microfilm (MF 1118):

  1. Reel 1: 14/1 - 2/4
  2. Reel 2: 2/5 - 2/9

Related Material

  1. Rudolf Bauer Collection [AR 6088]
Guide to the Papers of the Henry Bauer Family 1893-1995 AR 25204 / MF 1118
Processed by Anna-Charlotte Lipp
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from HenryBauer.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 2011.: Microfilm inventory added.
  • January 15, 2013 : 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