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Denise Wilde Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25189

Scope and Content Note

The Denise Wilde Family Collection documents the lives of members of the Wilde and Szymanski families, especially of the dentist Herbert Wilde. Most of the collection pertains to his education, profession and the immigration of his family. Restitution and genealogy of the families are also prevalent subjects. The collection includes many official documents issued by government agencies and educational institutions as well as professional and personal correspondence, restitution correspondence and documentation, and a few photographs and family trees.

Series I holds the papers of Herbert and Johanna Wilde. Although the series holds personal papers, such as their wedding telegrams and a poem, much of the series consists of Herbert Wilde's documents. These documents relate to his education in Berlin and study in the United States, his dental practice in Brussels during World War II, and his family's immigration from Brussels to the United States. An association of Herbert Wilde with Albert Schweitzer is also validated with a handful of copies of letters and photographs. Two folders pertain to restitution claims. Some official certificates likely used in their emigration are also present for Johanna Wilde.

Papers that relate to the extended Wilde and Szymanski families make up Series II, with documents on Herbert Wilde's parents Alfred and Bertha and brother Heinz and some genealogical information on the Szymanskis. Restitution claim documentation is also present in this series as well as photographs of a few members of the Wilde family and a copy of a photograph of the Szymanski family.


  • 1906-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1951


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, French, and 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


Biographical Note

Herbert Wilde was born in Berlin in 1910, the younger son of Alfred and Bertha (née Slupecki) Wilde. He studied dentistry at the University of Berlin and received his dental license in 1935. In 1937 he immigrated to Brussels, Belgium. There he married Johanna Szymanski in March 1941; a year later their daughter Denise was born. In May 1947 the family immigrated to the United States via England and stayed with Herbert Wilde's mother in Brooklyn.


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The Denise Wilde Family Collection holds the papers of members of the Wilde and Szymanski families, with much of the material centering on the life of dentist Herbert Wilde. The collection largely focuses on the immigration of the Wilde family, the education and Belgian dental practice of Herbert Wilde, and the restitution claims of several family members. The collection consists of official and educational documents, correspondence, photographs and family trees.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I: Herbert and Johanna Wilde, 1927-1971
  2. Series II: Wilde Family, 1906-2010

Processing Information

The collection was processed in May 2012 in preparation for the EAD finding aid. With no clear original order observed, order was imposed on the collection, including the creation of series and the addition of description to the finding aid.

Guide to the Papers of the Denise Wilde Family 1906-2010 AR 25189
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from DeniseWildeFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 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