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Meinhardt Lemke Collection

Identifier: AR 4235 / MF 1027

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a large amount of Meinhardt Lemke's work as a writer, several volumes of poetry, some short stories and some novels. It also preserves notes and fragments of poems and novels. The collection contains Meinhardt Lemke's personal and professional correspondence concerning his literary work and his work as a teacher in La Paz. The collection also includes personal documents like his immigration documents, class material from his religious studies in Silesia and Prussia and religious song books that Meinhardt Lemke’s father compiled.


  • 1905-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1960


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, Hebrew, Polish, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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.

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 1027.

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

Mainhardt Lemke was born in 1904 in Fordon (today in Poland). He studied in Breslau (now Wrocŧaw, Poland) and Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia) and worked for a short time as a journalist writing poems and short stories. The well-known novelist Ernst Wiechert supported his lyrical talent. Until 1933 Lemke worked in the University of Breslau's library where he started studying Jewish history and Judaic studies. In 1939 Meinhardt Lemke was arrested and brought to Dachau concentration camp. He immigrated to Bolivia in 1939 where he worked as a religious teacher and as a preacher in the Jewish community. In 1946 he came to New York, where he died in 1962. He also wrote under the nom de plume Manfred Kulm.


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This collection contains personal and professional material of Meinhardt Lemke such as a large amount of manuscripts, correspondence and various documents like his immigration papers and religious school material from Silesia.


This collection is divided into three series, a personal series, another series that contains a large amount of his manuscripts and a third series that contains professional and personal correspondence.


Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 1027).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/7b
  2. Reel 2: 1/8-1/16
  3. Reel 3: 1/17-1/21

Separated Material

Photographs, including family portraits and other subjects have been removed to the photograph collection. These can be found under the numbers F 17726, F 11728, F 4122 E, F 4122 F, AR 10808.

Guide to the Papers of Meinhardt Lemke (1904-1962) 1905-1962 AR 4235 / MF 1027
Processed by Katharina Hoffmann
© 2009
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from MeinhardtLemke.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 22, 2012 : 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