Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection
Scope and Content Note
The first series, Carl Boschwitz papers, consists primarily of correspondence in connection with his work with the Prisoners of War Relief Committee (Kriegsgefangenen Fürsorge, later the Welfare Committee for Prisoners of War), and the Kolonialkriegerdank (Colonial soldiers' gratitude committee) on behalf of German and Austrian prisoners of war during and after World War I, 1914-1921.This includes correspondence with the German and Austrian embassies, the German Red Cross, and individual prisoners of war. Later correspondence is limited but includes a letter from German Chancellor Franz von Papen in 1932, in which he assures Boschwitz that there is no place for National Socialism in the German government. In addition to correspondence, Boschwitz's papers include a marriage certificate and a family tree.
The documents of the Leubsdorf family and the van Geldern families include wills, contracts, guild papers, and correspondence, including correspondence of Betty Heine (born Peira van Geldern), the mother of Heinrich Heine. Other family members prominently represented in the collection include Abraham Samuel, Isaac Bürger, David Pinchas Bock, Samson Heine (Heinrich Heine's father), and Isaac Leubsdorf. Many of these documents appear to have been used for genealogical research. Several family trees, some of which appear to have been drafted in the nineteenth century, and a genealogical manuscript narrative attest to this research. In addition, there is an eighteenth-century prayer book which had belonged to Sender Offebach; its provenance is unclear. Some correspondence from the twentieth century documents contemporary family affairs and the genealogical research efforts.
- Boschwitz, Carl, 1877-1937 (Person)
- Leubsdorf, Hermann (Person)
- Levison, Charlotte Engel, 1911-2001 (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
Carl Boschwitz (1877-1937) was a businessman who emigrated to the United States in 1914.
Hermann Leubsdorf was the great-great grandson of Brunella van Geldern, sister of Betty van Geldern, Heinrich Heine's mother.
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The Boschwitz papers are focused on Carl Boschwitz's efforts with the Prisoners of War Relief Committee during World War I. The Leubsdorf papers trace the lineage of the Leubsdorf Family, notably related to the family of Heinrich Heine, and also include an eighteenth-century prayer book.
Other Finding Aid
An earlier inventory is located in folder 1.
- Boschwitz family
- Boschwitz, Carl, 1877-1937
- Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
- Genealogical tables
- Germany -- Politics and government -- 1918-1933
- Heine family
- Heine, Betty, 1771-1859
- Jews -- Germany
- Jews -- Germany -- Genealogy
- Jews -- Social life and customs
- Kriegsgefangenen Fürsorge
- König, Paul, 1867-
- Legal documents
- Leubsdorf family
- Leubsdorf, Hermann
- Levison, Wilhelm, 1876-1947
- Marriage records
- Papen, Franz von, 1879-1969
- Prayer books
- Prisoners of War Relief Committee
- Ridder, Victor Frank, 1886-1963
- Stern, Leo
- United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Jewish
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons, German
- van Geldern family
- Guide to the Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection, 1731-1959 AR 7251
- Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
- © 2010
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- July 20, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.