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Ilse Strauss Collection

Identifier: AR 3273

Scope and Content Note

The Ilse Strauss Collection consists of documents pertaining to the family history and life of Ilse Strauss, including genealogical information, correspondence, photographs and writings. Series I contains writings of Ilse Strauss, including a long typescript with detailed accounts of her family history and own biography, and an account of the early experiences of the Strauss family after immigrating to Australia. Also included are shorter similar writings and photocopies of related family documents. Series II contains original documents detailing Ilse Strauss's life in Krefeld and her subsequent emigration from Germany to England and then to Australia, including her personal diary, correspondence and papers related to her emigration.


  • 1860-1982
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1982


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

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<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Portrait of Ilse (née Gimnicher) Strauss" href="" show="embed" title="Portrait of Ilse (née Gimnicher) Strauss"/>

Ilse Strauss (née Gimnicher) was born on July 12, 1920, in Krefeld, Germany. In 1939, she emigrated from Germany to England, and later to Australia. Her grandparents, parents and brother were murdered in the Holocaust. She married Otto Konrad Strauss (born 1909, Krefeld) and had a son, Dr. Boyd Josef Gimnicher Strauss. She died on October 2, 1983.


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This collection contains documents pertaining to the family history and biography of Ilse Strauss in Krefeld (Germany), England, and Australia. Included are family trees, manuscripts, diaries, photographs and correspondence.


This collection is arranged in two series:

Other Finding Aid

Catalog cards are available describing the contents of the collection. Numbered materials correspond to the information on these cards.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Separated Material

Various clippings illustrating Jewish history in Krefeld, Frankfurt am Main, Gelnahusen, Eschwege, Steinhem and Viersen were removed to the LBI Clippings Collection. Also removed were two clippings from Australian publications about the ship Dunera. Photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Papers of Ilse Strauss 1860-1982 AR 3273
Processed by Matthew Johnson
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Edition statement
This version was derived from IlseStrauss.xml

Revision Statements

  • July 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