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Kurt Grossmann Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25032 / MF 478

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, both personal and concerning Deutsche Liga fuer Menschenrechte, Demokratische Fluechtlingsfuersorge, and other organizations, including letters from Konrad Adenauer, Philipp Auerbach, Roger Baldwin, Eduard Benes, Willy Brandt, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Ferencz, Manfred George, Nahum Goldmann, Emil J. Gumbel, Paul Hertz, Wieland Herzfelde, Theodor Heuss, Hermann Kesten, Joachim Lipschitz, Erich Lueth, Kurt Pinthus, Joachim Prinz, Hanns Reissner, Stephen Wise, and Norbert Wollheim.

Manuscripts of books and articles by Grossmann on numerous topics.

Transcripts of Nuremberg war-crimes trials and other postwar German trials of Nazi criminals.

Correspondence, clippings, memoranda, and reports on restitution and reparations, refugees and stateless persons after World War II, East Germany, the Jewish Question and the State of Israel, Neo-Nazism and antisemitism, and human rights; United Nations reports on migration and other matters.

Manuscripts, clippings and other research material on Carl von Ossietzky, for Grossmann's book about him, including correspondence with Rosalinda von Ossietzky.

Speech by Grossmann about antisemitism; clippings; obituaries. [old AR 1591]

See Inventory list

Dates

  • 1933-1972

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, Czech, French.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Born in Berlin on May 21, 1897, Kurt (Richard) Grossmann-Gilbert was a journalist and general secretary of the Deutsche Liga fuer Menschenrechte from 1926 to 1933. He organized its fight against injustice in German law courts. Grossmann was active in cases such as that of the Russian war prisoner, Jacobowsky (executed and then adjudged innocent), and that of Walter Bullerjahn who had been imprisoned as the result of false witness. Warned that the Nazis were about to arrest him, he escaped to Prague in 1933. There he established and directed the Demokratische Fluechtlingsfuersorge (Relief for Refugees by democrats) and wrote brochures against Nazism. In 1938 he went to Paris and in 1939 to New York, where he was an executive assistant to the World Jewish Congress. After World War II , Grossmann became a spokesman for Jewish refugees, restitution and compensation. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 2, 1972.

Extent

26 Linear Feet

79 Reels

Abstract

Correspondence, both personal and concerning Deutsche Liga fuer Menschenrechte, Demokratische Fluechtlingsfuersorge, and other organizations. Manuscripts of books and articles by Grossmann on numerous topics. Transcripts of Nuremberg war-crimes trials and other postwar German trials of Nazi criminals.

Arrangement

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Subseries A: Correspondence - Aphabetical and Chronological
  3. Subseries B: Correspondence - Chronological
  4. Series II: Wiedergutmachung (Restitution)
  5. Series III: Clippings and Other Materials
  6. Subseries A: Clippings
  7. Subseries B: Materials Used for Articles
  8. Series IV: Manuscripts
  9. Subseries A: Articles for Newspapers and Lectures
  10. Subseries B: Ossietzky (Manuscript and Materials)
  11. Subseries C: Die Ehrenschuld
  12. Subseries D: Die Unbesungenen Helden
  13. Series V: UN Materials
  14. Series VI: Bundestag Meetings
  15. Series VII: Nuremberg Trials

Other Finding Aid

7-page inventory, 114-page name-index to correspondence.

See individual reel records for inventory.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 79 reels of microfilm (MF 478).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/15
  2. Reel 2: 1/16 - 1/25
  3. Reel 3: 2/26 - 2/33
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  79. Reel 79: 26/554 - 26/566
Title
Guide to the Kurt Grossmann Collection, 1933-1972 AR 25032 / MF 478
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 06, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States