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Lotte Strauss Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25287 / MF 938

Scope and Content Note

The Lotte Strauss Collection documents Lotte and Herbert Strauss’ efforts to leave Germany, their experience in Switzerland and the fate of Lotte Strauss’ family during World War II.

The collection includes clippings, eye-witness accounts, personal and official correspondence, vital, and immigration documents, lists, photographs, audio-visual materials, reports, and manuscripts.

Materials pertaining to Lotte Strauss include vital and other documents, personal correspondence and correspondence with the publisher regarding her memoirs, and genealogical information on her family.

Additionally, there is a substantial body of documents that shed light on Lotte Strauss uncle’s, Ludwig Shöneberg, involvement in assisting Lotte and Herbert Strauss as well other Jews in escaping from Germany after the outbreak of World War II.

The bulk of the materials consist of correspondence with individuals helping Ludwig Shöneberg. There are also materials pertaining to the Swiss Intelligence which includes Shöneberg's reports and correspondence.

Furthermore, this collection includes materials relevant to Wolfenbüttel, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany which consists of manuscripts, clippings, lists, and a registry.

Dates

  • 1868, 1933-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1933-2005

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German with some English and French.

Access Information

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

Open to researchers.

Collection is microfilmed; use MF 938.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Lotte Strauss, neé Schloss, was born on August 2nd 1913 in Braunschweig, Germay. During World War II, between 1942 and 1943 she was in hiding in Berlin. In 1943, along with her future husband, herbert Strauss, she escaped to Switzerland, with the help of her uncle, Ludwig Shöneberg.

In 1946 the Strauss family immigrated to the Unitetes States and settled in New York where Lotte Strauss held a position of a secratery at the New York State League of Women Voters.

In 1997, Lotte Strauss published Over the Green Hill: Personal Memoir, Germany 1913-43.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Lotte Strauss Collection documents Lotte and Herbert Strauss’ efforts to leave Germany, their experience in Switzerland and the fate of Lotte Strauss’ family during World War II. The collection includes clippings, eye-witness accounts, personal and official correspondence, vital, and immigration documents, lists, photographs, audio-visual materials, reports, and manuscripts.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 938).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1-52
  2. Reel 2: 1/53-59
  3. Reel 3: Photographs: ALB 261-264

Related Material

Herbert Strauss Collection Leo Baeck Institute, NY

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photo Collection. Books have been removed to the LBI Library. Artifacts have been removed to the LBI Art Library.
Title
Guide to the Papers of Lotte Strauss (1913-) 1868, 1933-2005 AR 25287 / MF 938
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Yakov Sklar
Date
© 2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • 2010-04-07 : 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

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States