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Fred W. Lessing Collection

Identifier: AR 2235 / MF 483

Scope and Content Note

Family documents, correspondence, genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs

Addenda: Xerox of letter from Paula Ehrlich (1906)

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Aron, Willy; Dessauer, Anna; Dessauer, Emmanuel; Dessauer, Sophie; Ehrlich, Joseph; Ehrlich, Max; Ehrlich, Paula; Herzfeld, Ernst; Lau, Eva; Lessing, Annelise; Lessing, Anton; Lessing, Benno; Lessing, Clemens; Lessing, David; Lessing, Paula (nee Ehrlich); Lessing, Rudolf; Lessing, Samuel; Lessing, Simon; Lessing, Thekle; Lessing, Waldemar Wilhelm; Lessing, Walter; Lessing, Wilhelm (Willy); Morgenroth, Ludwig; Strauss, Heinrich; Strauss, Julie (nee Nathusius); Treumann, Kreisel Samuel; Tuchmann, Franz; Wassermann, Jacob; Wassermann, Julius; Wassermann, Philipp.

The following families are mentioned in this collection: Arnstein family, Berg family, Boehm family, Brilin family, Bruell family, Dessauer family, Ehrlich family, Ehrmann family, Feibelmann family, Feldheim family, Feybelmann family, Guenzberger family, Heidenheimer family, Hesslein family, Hilf family, Josephthal family, Kahn family, Kohn family, Kugelmann family, Morgenroth Family, Nathusius family, Rosenwald Family, Schubart family, Strauss family, Wassermann family, Wolff family.


  • 1800-1963


Language of Materials

This collection is in English, German, Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed - MF 483.

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

See copyright on photos

Biographical Note

Born in Bamberg in 1915, Fred W. Lessing left Germany for England in 1934. He emigrated to the United States in 1942 and immediately began work for the Stewart Stamping Company as a bookkeeper. Seven years later he became a partner; in 1968 he was named president.

Fred W. Lessing was chairman of the board of the Leo Baeck Institute and served as treasurer for over 25 years. He also served for many years as chairman of the Wiener Library in London. He was also involved with the Jewish Philanthropic Fund of 1933, and the American Federation of Jews from Central Europe.

Fred W. Lessing died in 1990.


1.5 Linear Feet


Family documents, correspondence, genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs

Other Finding Aid

See inventory list.


Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 483).

  1. Reel 1: 1-27
  2. Reel 2: 28-50
  3. Reel 3: 51-Addenda

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Fred W. Lessing Collection, 1800-1963 AR 2235 / MF 483
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-11-30 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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