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Max Kurrein Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25467

Scope and Content Note

This collection holds papers of Max Kurrein and his family members, with a focus on his career. Included are official and professional documents and certificates, correspondence, essays and a photo album for his significant birthdays, examples of his writing and that of other family members, photographs, family trees and some material on Israel.

Documentation on Max Kurrein's life will be found in several folders of the collection. The folder of his educational papers include school certificates for his education and internships, while the folder of his professional correspondence includes letters regarding his position at the Technion in Haifa, including a copy of a letter by Chaim Weizmann on the matter. In the following folder of professional papers are letters concerning his dismissal from the Technische Hochschule Berlin in 1933, contracts with publishers for his books, a 1957 photograph of him and a restitution application. Two folders relate to his seventieth and seventy-fifth birthdays. The first includes tributes written about him, with mention of the highlights of his life; the second consists of a photo album made for him that shows various European cities, Haifa, the Technion and a few photos of Max Kurrein himself. The folder of photocopied articles by and about him include a few short biographies. Among his photocopied papers and correspondence are two letters to the director of the Institute regarding a 1950 trip with students in Europe, but also copies of professional papers and various official papers such as his birth and naturalization certificates. The folder of photographs includes of several of Max Kurrein himself and with colleagues, as well as his grave, the Technion building in 1934 and his former apartment in Berlin.

Several folders relate to the Kurrein family. Notable is the first folder of the collection, which contains family trees and some correspondence about genealogy. Listed are members of the Kurrein and related families, including the Loewe, Blau and Friedländer families. The second folder includes an article on Rabbi Adolf Kurrein by his son Viktor Kurrein, rabbi in Karlsruhe, and some letters to family members, among them copies of brief letters by Theodor Herzl. In the folder of photocopied family documents are letters and notes relating to the its genealogy.

The final three folders of the series hold some published material. One holds examples of family members' writing, including an article on measuring techniques by Max Kurrein. Another contains information on two locations in Israel, the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot and the Mishkenot Sha'anim in Jerusalem; the latter has a display on members of the Kurrein family and the folder holds a photo and description of this memorial.


  • 1896-2011


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and Hebrew, with a small amount of English.

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


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Max Kurrein was born in Linz, Austria on April 29, 1878, a son of Rabbi Adolf Kurrein and his wife Jessie née Loewe. He studied at the Royal and Imperial German Technical College (K.K. Deutsche Technische Schule) in Prague, where he earned a doctorate. Later he spent four years in England at the firm W.T. Avery in Birmingham. Beginning in 1913 he conducted experimental research on machine tools and later became lecturer at the Technical College of Berlin (Technische Hochschule Berlin) until his dismissal in April 1933.

In 1934 he began teaching at the Department of Machine Engineering at the Technion, the technological institute in Haifa (known today as the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology). At first he taught the Machine Engineering Department's lectures himself until more teaching staff were added. He retired in 1961 but continued to write books in his field. Max Kurrein died in Haifa in 1967.

Max Kurrein married Charlotte Blau in 1918. They had two children.


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The Max Kurrein Family Collection documents the professional life of metallurgist and professor Max Kurrein and to a smaller extent the genealogy and lives of several other family members. Various types of materials are included, such as official, educational and professional certificates, correspondence, biographical essays, a photo album and photographs, family trees and articles.


The collection is arranged alphabetically in one series.

Related Material

Several other collections at the LBI Archives pertain to Kurrein family members:

  1. Adolf Kurrein Collection (AR 11839)
  2. Herbert Kurrein Collection (AR 4311)
  3. Kurrein, Viktor: Professor Dr. Adolf Kurrein. Ein Bild seines Lebens und Wirkens anlaesslich seines zehnjaehrigen Todestages (ME 858)

Separated Material

Books by Max Kurrein have been removed to the LBI Library.

Processing Information

During processing some folders of the collection were further subdivided and assigned more specific titles. Since little original order was observed, folders were placed in alphabetical order by title.

Guide to the Papers of the Max Kurrein Family 1896-2011 AR 25467
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Arthur Rath
© 2013
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Revision Statements

  • April 01, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States