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Julius Galliner Collection

Identifier: AR 3070

Scope and Content Note

The Julius Galliner Collection mainly documents the professional life of this rabbi. Among the materials are personal papers, including educational and vital documents, correspondence, professional papers, and his writings.

The Berlin Jewish Community is the major focus of this collection, and many items here pertain to it. In Series I, this includes several clippings related to the community. Correspondence in Series II occasionally makes mention of it in letters sent to Julius Galliner. The professional documents in Series III consist of such materials as the program from the religious service dedicating the new synagogue on Fasanenstraße, an article on conflicts within the community, and a copy of the community newsletter introducing Julius Galliner to the greater community in 1917. Lectures and talks given at schools and to members of the community are included in Series IV, which also contains drafts of sermons for services at the Fasanenstraße and Prinzregentenstraße synagogues. Some information on individuals in the community will additionally be found among his other writings in this series.

Series I holds a small amount of personal documents of Julius Galliner. These papers include identification and educational documents, as well as a few identification papers of his wife, Elisabeth Galliner.

Correspondence will be found in Series II. Although most of the letters in this collection contain greetings sent to Julius Galliner on the occasion of his birthday, there are a few letters he exchanged with others.

Series III is composed of documents relating to Galliner's work as a rabbi and teacher. Many of these documents pertain to the Berlin Jewish Community. There are also documents focusing on Julius Galliner, such as a recommendation for him in English and notification that he is leaving the community in 1939.

Series IV holds Galliner's writings. These include texts of sermons, lectures and addresses, articles, and clippings of his published articles. In addition to pieces on the Berlin Jewish Community, other subjects include religious themes and Jewish youth. There are also short works on specific individuals, and a long manuscript on Jewish names.


  • 1852-1963
  • Majority of material found within 1917-1946


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German and English, with some Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Julius Galliner was born on February 3, 1872 in Zinten (East Prussia, now Kornevo, Russia). He was the son of Jonas Galiner and Lina Pianikowski and had two older siblings, Max and Dorothea. At 11 years old Julius Galliner went to Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia) and attended the lower levels of the secondary school (Gymnasium) there. He then entered the Jewish Teaching Seminary of Berlin, and became a teacher and cantor in Schwerin. There he was supported by the rabbi Gabriel Fabian Feilchenfeld and continued his secondary studies. After passing his exams, Galliner went to Berlin, where he attended the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums and the University of Berlin. He received his doctorate in 1897.

At first Galliner worked as a religion teacher and leader of a religious school in Charlottenburg for the Jewish Community of Berlin, working simultaneously as a rabbi at the synagogues in Charlottenburg. He would continue to work as a rabbi for the next 46 years, preaching in the synagogues on Fasanenstraße and Prinzregentenstraße. In 1917 he became a rabbi for the greater Berlin community. In addition to his teaching, Galliner represented educational interests as a member of the board of education in Charlottenburg, the Talmud-Thora board of the Jewish Community in Berlin, and as the head of his school leadership as well as of the regional rabbinate. He also helped to found the Teachers' Educational Institute (Lehrer-Bildungsanstalt) of the Prussian Union (Preussischen Landesverband). His social work included working with the Hilfsverein für Jüdische Studierende.

In 1903 Julius Galliner married Elisabeth Zerline Kristeller, the daughter of Benjamin (Benno) and Clara Kristeller.

Galliner emigrated to England in March 1939 before moving to New York City to be with his two children. He died there on September 7, 1949.


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This collection holds the papers of the Berlin rabbi Julius Galliner. Many of the papers center on the activities of the Berlin Jewish Community and its members. The largest area of the collection is comprised of Julius Galliner's writings, including many of his sermons, but there is also a small amount of correspondence, educational and identification documents, and professional papers.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the LBI Archives in 1966. Addenda were added at later dates.

Separated Material

Some photographs have been removed to LBI's Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Papers of Julius Galliner (1872-1949) 1852-1963 AR 3070
Processed by LBI Staff and Dianne Ritchey Oummia
© 2006
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from JuliusGalliner.xml

Revision Statements

  • February 12, 2015 : 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