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Cortell Family Collection

Identifier: AR 10552

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains genealogical tables and family trees covering the period from the 17th century through the 1990s, photocopies of marriage and citizenship records dating to the 19th century, passports and a letter which document the Cortell and Wolfson families' flight to Paris, and several letters and dozens of black-and-white and color photographs which document Jules Cortell's professional activities in the international travel industry after the second World War, as well as his philanthropic work.


  • 1806-2003


Language of Materials

This collection is in English, German, French, and Hebrew.

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

Upon their emigration to the United States, Julius and Margot Kochertaler changed their names to Jules and Margot Cortell. Before settling in the United States, they had fled the Nazi dictatorship for Paris. After the war, Cortell founded the Europacar tourist agency, which specialized in car tours. He also devoted considerable energy to philanthropy as a member of the American Jewish Committee.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains family trees, marriage records and passports from the 19th century and 1930s, as well as correspondence and several photographs documenting Jules Cortell's professional and philanthropic activities.

Related Material

Guide to the Cortell Family Collection, 1806-2003  AR 10552
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 2011:: 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