Werner Hans and Elsa Bloch Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection mostly entails manuscripts written by Werner Hans Bloch, dealing with the history of his family as well as the genealogy of Elsa Bloch, née Moeller. The manuscripts contain genealogical tables, photographs, correspondence and documents pertaining to individual family members and the broader historical context of German-Jewish history, written for Thomas Bloch to inform him about his ancestors. Moreover, the collection comprises family items referring to the death of Elsa and Hans Werner Bloch as well as various materials on the family.
- Bloch, Werner Hans, 1900-1993 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English, German, and Hebrew.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
Werner Hans Bloch was born as Hans Werner Bloch in Königsberg in 1900. He was the son of Bertha Liebenthal (1870-1915) and Heinrich Bloch (1860-1942) and a student of medicine at the universities in Königsberg, Munich and Freiburg. After internships in hospitals in Berlin, Munich and Karlsruhe he accepted pediatric residency in Karlsruhe for a period of two years before he opened a pediatric practice in Offenburg in 1928. In 1931, Hans Werner Bloch married Elsa Bloch, née Moeller (1900-1985), who was a technical assistant at the Hygienische Institut Danzig. Hans Werner Bloch immigrated to New York City in 1936, and later the same year got Elsa Bloch and their first daughter Dorothy Bloch (1933-2012) to join him. The family moved to Elmira, New York where Hans Werner Bloch opened a pediatric practice in 1937 and became school physician in 1942. In 1947, the couple's second child, Thomas Bloch, was born in Elmira, New York. Elsa Bloch died on May 30, 1984 and Werner Hans Bloch passed away on March 25, 1993.
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The collection mainly comprises material related to Werner Hans Bloch's genealogical studies about his and Elsa Bloch's families. Also included are documents pertaining to Werner Hans and Elsa Bloch's family life, such as correspondence, photographs and official documents.
The collection was organized in two series. The items in Series I were ordered alphabetically. Series II is arranged chronologically.
The collection was organized in three series. Loose items were added in Series I in separate folders.
- Berlin (Germany)
- Bloch family
- Bloch, Elsa, 1900-1984
- Bloch, Thomas, 1947-
- Bloch, Werner Hans, 1900-1993
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Elmira (N.Y.)
- Genealogical tables
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Jewish families
- Jews -- United States -- Genealogy
- Jews, German
- Kaliningrad (Russia) -- Kaliningradskai︠a︡ oblastʹ -- Königsberg (Germany)
- Leszno (Poland)
- Liebenthal family
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Moeller family
- Offenburg (Germany)
- Sachs family
- Simonsohn, Naumann
- Talmud -- Study and teaching
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
- Wrocław (Poland)
- Guide to the Werner and Elsa Bloch Family Collection undated, 1812-2006 AR 25688
- Processed by Jonas Knatz
- © 2017
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from Werner_and_Elsa_Bloch_Family.xml
- May 2017 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States