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Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection

Identifier: AR 7251

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.


  • 1731-1959


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French.

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

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.

Related Material

The William and (Charlotte) Engel Levison Collection (AR 25001) and the Wilhelm Levison Collection (AR 3906) contain materials from the same extended family documented in the Boschwitz-Leubsdorf Collection.

See also:

  1. 1) The memoir by (Charlotte) Engel Levinson , A Patchwork of memories (ME 1229)
  2. 2) Wilhelm Levison's study, Die Siegburger Familie Levison und verwandte Familien , (CS 629 L48 L4)
Guide to the Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection, 1731-1959  AR 7251
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2010
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 20, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States