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Nachtlicht Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25031 / MF 975

Scope and Content Note

Collection of personal documents of Ursula and Ilse Nachtlicht such as certificates, correspondence, photos, clippings, notebooks.

Following documents are of special interest:

Documents from Hildegard Lewin, including a passenger list of the "Doppelschraubenschiff Orinoco" traveling from Hamburg to Habana, Veracruz and Tampico on May 27, 1939 (I.4. # 1).

Letter to Ilse dated July 7, 1939 from Beate Gabel from Rotterdam who was on the ship "St. Louis" and describes the events and current situation, 2p.

Correspondence concering the emigration efforts of Leo and Anna Nachtlicht and Betty Herrmann, nee Levy (born Dec 18, 1877 in Marienwerder).

See inventory list


  • 1872-1999
  • Majority of material found in 1938-1942


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English and French.

Access Information

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

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 "Request" 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

Leo Nachtlicht (born Aug 12, 1872 in Bielitz, Austria later Poland) an architect and "Dozent" teaching about architecture, was married to Anna Nachtlicht, nee Levy (born May 28, 1880 in Marienwerder). They had two daughters: Ursula and Ilse.

Ursula Nachtlicht was born on October 19, 1909 in Berlin-Charlottenburg. She studied arts and crafts at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin Charlottenburg. - Photographer - She died 1999 in Camden, England.

Her sister Ilse Nachtlicht was born on September 16, 1912 in Berlin. She studied music and languages (French, English) and worked as a telephone operator for the Schocken publishing house, a job which she lost in 1936 due to the aryanization process. Later she worked for the "Zionistische Vereinigung fuer Deutschland".

Ursula and Ilse left Germany on April 18, 1939 onboard the "Manhattan" (an American ship) and travelled from Hamburg via LeHavre to London (arrival April 21, 1939), where they stayed with an aunt of their mother.

Since 1946 (if not earlier) Ursula and Ilse used the name "Knight".

Betty Herrmann, nee Levy (born Dec 18, 1877 in Marienwerder), is Anna Nachtlicht's sister and lived in Danzig.


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Collection of personal documents of Ursula and Ilse Nachtlicht such as certificates, correspondence, photos, clippings, notebooks.


  1. I. Personal Documents
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Theatre/Concert Programs
  4. IV. Varia
  5. V. Photographs
  6. Oversized Material

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Nachtlicht Family Collection, 1872-1999, 1938-1942 (bulk) AR 25031 / MF 975
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 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