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Benjamin Benedikt Collection

Identifier: AR 25152

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials about the education of Benjamin Benedikt and his professional work as a teacher in Jewish schools. These include report cards and certificates from the Israelitische Lehrerbildungs-Anstalt and Kgl. Schullehrerseminar in Würzburg and the Israelitische Präparandenschule in Höchberg. Also found here are employment records and letters of recommendation from rabbis and professors.

The collection includes over 200 small notebooks, filled with handwritten German, German shorthand (most likely Gabelsberger-Kurzschrift), and Hebrew. These seem to be lesson plans for Benedikt's teaching; individual notebooks appear to contain notes on a specific Torah portion, holiday, or topic.

The various folder contains German and Hebrew manuscript materials, primarily on religious topics. It also includes envelope scraps and a 1916 program for the memorial service of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien for Kaiser Franz Josef I.


  • 1897-1940
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1919


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew, and Hungarian. English translations of the Hebrew letters of recommendation are found in folder 1. Most of the German is in the old handwriting or in a form of shorthand, probably Gabelsberger-Kurzschrift.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

Benjamin Benedikt was born on January 7, 1886 in Mattersdorf (today Mattersburg, Austria). His father was Adolf Benedikt. After training at the Israelitische Lehrerbildungs-Anstalt in Würzburg, he began working as a teacher of religion in Vienna's Jewish public schools in 1909. He apparently retired in 1920 for medical reasons, and lived thereafter on a pension while also selling pre-printed medical forms. Benedikt lived in Vienna's eighth district with his wife and two children, Lucie and Edmund. In 1938, the children were sent to England on a Kindertransport. Benedikt and his wife managed to leave Vienna for New York in 1941, and the family was reunited in New York in 1943.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box) + 1 OS folder (OS 153)


This collection contains materials about the education of Benjamin Benedikt and his professional work as a teacher in Vienna.

Related Material

The LBI Archives, as part of the Austrian Heritage Collection, holds an oral history conducted with Benjamin Benedikt's daughter Lucie (AHC 251).

Separated Material

The following pamphlet was removed to the LBI Library:

Freund und Marr, Präparationen zum Alten Testament. Dritte Abtheilung. Präparation zum Iesaias. Zum Gebrauch für die Schule und den Privatunterricht. Heft 2. Cap. 23-41 (Bogen 7-12). Leipzig, Verlag von Wilhelm Biolet (1847?)

Processing Information

Materials were refoldered. The collection was originally two boxes (0.75 linear feet) but after the notebook folders were consolidated, the collection fit into one manuscript box (0.5 linear feet).

Guide to the Benjamin Benedikt Collection undated, 1897-1940 , bulk 1900-1919 AR 25152
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann and LBI Staff
© 2013
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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

  • September 15, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States