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Hans and Gerda Lindner Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25713

Scope and Content Note

The Lindner family collection contains photographs, correspondence, financial and legal documents, and personal items including medals and a stamp collection. The majority of collection is comprised of the stamp collection which contains three stamp books, numerous envelopes, and a box of stamps. The stamps are mostly undated, however, the envelopes mostly date from 1947 to 1970.

The photo albums in Series I contain photographs from the Lindner family's travels throughout Europe and Hans Lindner's two photo albums from his trip to America in 1931. In addition, there is a large number of photographs of Ilse and Rudi Lichtenstein ranging from 1929 to 1988.

Series II contains correspondence between the Lindners and their relatives, most dating between 1945 and 1983. Notably there is correspondence between former schoolmates in Germany, Gerda Lindner and reporter Robert Lochner in 1955.

The financial and legal documents pertain to the finances of Hans Lindner and Lindner & Co (his company), Gerda's finances, and papers about pension from the German government. This correspondence detailed the family's lives, their endeavors, and their trips. In addition, there is a small amount of personal papers which include Gerda Lindner's medical documents, United Kingdom identification card, and documents pertaining to Alfred Lindner's life insurance. The legal documents pertain to the 1960 legal dispute between Hans and Berthold Lindner regarding the remission of funds deposited into a Swiss bank in 1931 intended for Berthold Lindner.


  • Creation: 1921-1990, 2000-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1921-1988

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Due to privacy issues, a portion of this collection will not be digitized and will only be accessible to researchers on-site at the Center for Jewish History. To access the restricted material, please contact the Leo Baeck Institute Archivist to arrange an appointment.

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

Hans Heinrich Lindner, born in 1904, was a sports enthusiast who grew up in Breslau, Germany (today Wrocław, Poland), and immigrated to the United States in 1946 following internment in Buchenwald. Hans' father, Alfred Lindner, owned two shoe stores, one in Breslau and another one in Bytom. Hans participated in track, fox-hunting, and motorsport racing. Based on the materials, Hans went to England between 1945 and 1946 where he worked at Dagmar Candy Company and then was the owner of "day-of-the-week" undergarments. Hans married Gerda Kronkheim and they had two sons, Steven and Peter. Gerda was a schoolmate of reporter Robert Lochner with whom she corresponded throughout the 1950s. Gerda's sister was Ilse, married Rudi Lichtenstein. There was a legal dispute between Hans and his brother Berthold Lindner regarding the distribution of their father's assets.


2.5 Linear Feet


The Hans and Gerda Lindner family collection contains photographs, correspondence, finance and legal documents, a large stamp collection, plus a small amount of family papers. Prominent topics include daily activities, family vacations, and the Lindner family's as well as business's finances.

Separated Material

A shoe stool from the family shoestore and several sporting medals were removed to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection.

Guide to the Hans and Gerda Lindner Family Collection undated, 1921-1990, 2000-2006 AR 25713
Processed by Samantha Lanevi
© 2017
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Hans_and_Gerda_Lindner_Family.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 2018:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States