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Richard Michel Collection

Identifier: AR 25481

Scope and Content Note

The Richard Michel Collection consists of twenty-eight photocopied pages of a diary written by Richard Michel in March and April 1915, in which he describes events around his unit’s march from Germany into Belgium. The content of the diary primarily consists of the daily life of a soldier: marches, observations of wartime destruction, an observation of the anniversary of Otto von Bismarck’s 100th birthday, descriptions of quarters, and times of boredom. The diary also contains a farewell to his family in case he does not survive. Accompanying the diary are thirteen oversized maps of France and Belgium. Most of the maps were produced by German printers in German, however one map (dated 1917) is in French. The maps convey information about battle fronts, enemy positions, railroads, and topographical information. Some of the maps bear handwritten notes and marks.


  • 1915-1918

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, French, and English.

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

Richard Michel was a soldier who fought for the German army during World War I. He was a soldier in the 10th Bavarian Infantry, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Battery. He entered the war as a cavalry soldier, received a battlefield promotion, and was discharged as lieutenant without any physical injuries.


1 Folders (1 Oversize folder)


The Richard Michel Collection contains twenty-eight photocopied pages of Richard Michel's World War I diary (March to April, 1915), accompanied by thirteen World War I maps displaying information such as enemy positions, terrain and railroads.

Related Material

See also Michel Family Collection , AR 10123 pertaining to Richard Michel's sons, Frederick and Rudolph

Processing Information

The collection was processed in May 2013 in preparation of the EAD finding aid.

Guide to the Richard Michel Collection 1915-1918 AR 25481
Processed by Michael O'Connor
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from RichardMichel.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 02, 2015 : 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