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Loewen Family Berlin Collection

Identifier: AR 6489

Scope and Content Note

The Loewen Family, Berlin Collection holds the papers of various family members, especially Samuel Liepmann Loewen and his son Liepmann (Leopold) Loewen. Included are official, business and personal papers, including correspondence. In addition, the collection contains some research on family members and their genealogy, a collection of wax seals, some newspaper clippings, art prints, a few photographs and various other papers.

Series I contains the papers of individual members, including Samuel Liepmann Loewen, Liepmann (Leopold) Loewen, Bertha Loewen and Hiller Loewen. Especially prominent are documents pertaining to Samuel Liepmann Loewen's business matters. Documents relating to the citizenship of Liepmann (Leopold) and Hiller Loewen are present in this series as are some personal letters and poems and Samuel Liepmann Loewen's university documents.

Series II holds other family papers, including research on the family history and a partial family tree. This series also has wax seals, photographs, art prints, and newspaper clippings, among other items.


  • 1774-1931
  • Majority of material found within 1820-1869


Language of Materials

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

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

Samuel Liepmann Loewen was born in Potsdam in 1747. By the age of 14 his father, Moses Liepmann, had died and Samuel Liepmann Loewen was sent to Hamburg by his relative, the banker Daniel Itzig of Berlin, to learn banking. At the age of eighteen Samuel went to Berlin, where he lived in the house of Daniel Itzig. Upon the recommendation of Daniel Itzig and in spite of his young age he was made responsible for Prussia's salt trade and the acquisition of salt in the East Prussian towns of Königsberg, Elbing, Memel and Libau. He acquired permission (General-Privilegium) for him to settle in Königsberg, along with one of Daniel Itzig's daughters, who was to be his wife. However, due to a bad business deal, this marriage did not occur. Samuel returned to Königsberg, where he began to study medicine, but gave up his studies after three semesters and returned to his family in Potsdam due to the illness and subsequent death of his mother. He then went to Berlin, where he established a business in accessories (Galanteriewaren) and jewels in Berlin. In 1795 he married Sara Heym (Hayum) of Mannheim. In 1803 their son Liepmann (Leopold) was born in Berlin. He would become a dealer in millinery. In 1841 Liepmann married Bertha Leffmann of Berlin. In 1848 they had a son, Gustav Samuel.

Samuel Liepmann Loewen died in Berlin in 1827, Sara Loewen in 1839. Liepmann Loewen died in Berlin in 1875, his wife Bertha in 1868.


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This collection consists of papers of the Loewen family, including Samuel Liepmann Loewen and Liepmann (Leopold) Loewen. It includes personal, business and official papers, correspondence, genealogy, a collection of wax seals, some newspaper clippings, art prints, and a few photographs.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

Related to this collection is the Valentin Family Collection (AR 3818), which includes a handwritten memoir of Samuel Liepmann Loewen (ME 762) and photographs of Loewen family members.

Guide to the Papers of the Loewen Family of Berlin 1774-1931 AR 6489
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 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.
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This version was derived from LoewenFamily_Berlin.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