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Eisenberg-Poppel Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25669

Scope and Content Note

The official documents in this collection provide insight into the Eisenberg-Poppel family.

Folder 1/1 comprises documents pertaining to Max Eisenberg's immigration to the United States, as he established himself as a tailor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over the time span from 1903 to 1970. Included in this folder is his 1903 to 1904 employment record and workbook. Before his emigration Max Eisenberg worked for Adolf Kronenfeld, a master tailor, in Czernowitz (today Chernivtsi, Ukraine).

The official documents contained in this folder also include his 1915 United States Certificate of Naturalization, a 1935 letter certifying his membership in the Cloak and Skirt Makers' Union, and his 1940 application for the position of a clothing inspector through the United States Civil Service Commission. Max Eisenberg held positions ranging from an apprenticeship to a military uniform tailor for four years beginning in 1900 to establishing his own business in 1924.

Folder 1/2 contains the 1905 passport of Rachel Lewkowicz, Max Eisenberg's mother, issued in the name of Franz Joseph I.

Folder 1/3 consists of 1920–1924 savings book belonging to Jeanette Poppel and the 1934 wedding announcement of Jeanette to Joseph Poppel.

Folder 1/4 comprises 1942 and 1943 ration cards belonging to the Poppel family for items such as coffee.


  • Creation: 1903–1945
  • Creation: 1970


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

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

Max Eisenberg was born Mendel Bar Lewkowicz on October 15, 1887 in Sadagora, Bukovina, in what is now Sadhora, Ukraine. He was a tailor, who immigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1915. His wife was Fannie Eisenberg, née Pecker (1889–1979) with whom he had 3 children: Dorothy (1910–1982), Adolph (1911–1966), and Jeanette (1913–2005). Jeanette Eisenberg married Joseph Poppel. Together they had two sons, Stephen and Eugene.


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The collection is composed of official documents pertaining to the life of Max Eisenberg and his immediate family, specifically relating to his immigration to the United States from present day Ukraine and his life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children.


The collection is arranged in one series alphabetically.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds several books by Stephen Poppel.

Processing Information

Many of the documents written in German contained in this collection have been translated to English and the translation can be found with the original documents.

Guide to the Eisenberg-Poppel Family Collection 1903–1945, 1970 AR 25669
Processed by Madeleine Ostertag
© 2016
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Eisenberg-PoppelFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States