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Henry Rothschild Collection

Identifier: AR 6512

Scope and Content Note

The collection is made up primarily of letters written by Henry Rothschild while on various travels, mostly to the United States.

The letters are bundled together by date and each section includes an English summary of their contents. The handwritten letters are sometimes illegible, but there are also many typed items. Folder 10 includes the lecture given by Frankfurt's city councillor on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque at Franz Rosenzweig's residence, which was built for him by Rothschild. There is also a letter from Rothschild's daughter, Friedel Lichtenberg, relating her memories of Rosenzweig and a photograph of Rosenzweig as a young boy. Folder 11 contains various misc. items including a 1935/36 business report for Adler, Rothschild's firm, and an article written about a lecture given by Rothschild in 1929 concerning the differences in transportation systems of America and Germany. There is also a copy of a biographical sketch of Rothschild and his mother, Stella Rothschild née Schott, as well as the reminiscences of Friedel Lichtenberg (2 pages).


  • 1921-1993


Language of Materials

This 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

Henry Rothschild was born in 1870 in Heilbronn to parents Wilhelm and Stella Rothschild née Schott. His mother was a journalist and writer. After the death of his father he took over the family business, the Adler company, together with his two brothers Albert and Max. Rothschild was active in the Jewish community in Frankfurt both as a leader and philanthropist. He was a friend and benefactor of Bertha Pappenheim and supported the establishment of the the Frankfurt Lehrhaus, specifically by building a private apartment for Franz Rosenzweig in the top story of his own home. He married Bertha Merzbach in 1901 and they had four daughters.


0.50 Linear Feet


The collection is made up primarily of letters written by Henry Rothschild while travelling, mostly to the United States.

Other Finding Aid

The letters include a handwritten or typed summary of their contents in English.

Separated Material

A portrait photograph of Franz Rosenzweig has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Henry Rothschild Collection, 1921-1993  AR 6512
Processed by Julie Dawson
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 09, 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