Meinhardt Lemke Collection
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.
- Majority of material found within 1929-1960
- Lemke, Meinhardt, 1904-1962 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German, English, Hebrew, Polish, and Spanish.
Open to researchers.
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.
Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 1027.
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
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).
- Reel 1: 1/1-1/7b
- Reel 2: 1/8-1/16
- Reel 3: 1/17-1/21
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.
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Comunidad Israelita de Bolivia
- Emigration and immigration
- Federation Sionista Unida de Bolivia
- Jewish teachers
- Jüdische Kutur Gemeinschaft La Paz
- Kulm, Manfred
- La Paz (Bolivia)
- Lemke, Leopold
- Lemke, Meinhardt, 1904-1962
- Manuscripts (documents)
- United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
- Vereinigung freier Deutscher
- Guide to the Papers of Meinhardt Lemke (1904-1962) 1905-1962 AR 4235 / MF 1027
- Processed by Katharina Hoffmann
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from MeinhardtLemke.xml
- March 22, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.