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Kurt Baeck Collection

Identifier: AR 6878

Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of documents related to Kurt Baeck’s emigration first to the Dutch East Indies and then Shanghai, his return to Austria in 1946, and his later immigration to the United States. The materials include identity cards, work permits, travel documents, employment records, baggage tags, health documents, and correspondence with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The collection also includes financial and business documents, a wedding invitation, telegrams, and an identity card for Lilly Baeck. Kurt Baeck’s scouting (Pfadfinder) records and school report cards from the Allgemeine Volksschule für Knaben and the Hauptschule für Knaben in Vienna are also included.


  • 1925-1950


Language of Materials

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

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

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.

Biographical Note

Kurt Baeck (1919-1998) was born in Vienna, Austria to Isidor and Hildegard Baeck. He emigrated to the Dutch East Indies in 1939 and was employed by the A. Baeck Company. On January 9, 1941, he emigrated to Shanghai. He returned to Vienna in 1946, where he was subsequently employed by the United States Army. He married Lilly Baeck née Stammer (1920-1994) on March 22, 1947 in Vienna. Kurt and Lilly Baeck immigrated to the United States in 1950, aided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection mainly consists of documents related to Kurt Baeck’s emigration to the Dutch East Indies and Shanghai and immigration to the United States. The materials include immigration documents, identity cards, financial papers, travel documents, and employment records.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to selected images in box 1 folder 5 are restricted due to privacy concerns.

Processing Information

A duplicate photocopy was discarded.

Guide to the Kurt Baeck Collection 1925-1950 AR 6878
Processed by Catherine Greer
© 2014
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States