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Achtentuch Family Collection

Identifier: AR 10514 / MF 502

Scope and Content Note

The collection was acquired via the Austrian Heritage Collection; it holds the following documents:

Translation of original birth certificate (from Russian into German, July 1899 by Solomon J. Horowitz); Matriculation diploma, University of Vienna, Medical Faculty, 1910; Document attesting to citizenship for the local community, by the City of Vienna (1920); Citizenship declaration (1918); Certificate of enrollment as citizen in the local community of Vienna, (Heimatschein, 1930); Identity certificate issued by the Jewish community of Brody (1918), certifying that Dr. Hersch Achtentuch and Dr. Hermann Achtentuch are the same person; Military command order to provide accommodations in a private house for Dr. Hermann Achtentuch (1918); Supplies booklet issued by military hospital in Albania (1918); Discharge certificate for Dr. Hermann Achtentuch (1918); Diploma from the Kaiser Jubilaeum Hospital (Surgical division) in Vienna attesting that Dr. Hermann Achtentuch served as surgical resident from Nov. 1916 to July 1917; Diploma from the Kaiser Jubilaeum Hospital (Gynecological division) in Vienna attesting that Dr. Hermann Achtentuch served as resident from July 1917 to January 1918; Diploma attesting that Achtentuch served in the delivery section of the First University Gynecological Clinic from 1/1918 to 2/1918 and from 12/1918 to 5/1919; Vienna Physicians Organization certifying that Achtentuch was registered for the practice of medicine in 1920; Membership card for the Economic Organization of Physicians in Vienna (1920); Austrian Identity Card (issued April 3, 1936); Prescription blank (Achtentuch, Vienna); Marriage certificate for Dr. Hersch Achtentuch and Paula Kohn (May 26, 1921); Gun permit for Achtentuch, 1924; Austrian War Memorial Medal award for Achtentuch; Letter to Achtentuch from the Military command in Vienna, dated 12/7/36, inquiring whether he would be ready to serve as examining physician for recruits in case of mobilization; Register of physicians for the 10th district of Vienna (May 1937); Letter from the Vienna Physician Organization announcing that Achtentuch has lost the right to practice medicine in accordance with the law of July 1938 (November 1938); Letter from the Vienna Physician Organization certifying that Achtentuch does not appear in the disciplinary register of the organization (March, 1938); Workers’ Sickness Insurance Institute certifies that Achtentuch served as physician for the institute from 5/20/1919 to 7/31/1938; Various diplomas from the State Board of Medical Examiners of New Jersey certifying Dr. Hermann Achtentuch as a licensed physician (May, 1944); Death certificate for Herman Achtentuch (6/1/1950); Eulogy for Achtentuch by the Passaic County Medical Society (12/13/1950); Eulogy for Achtentuch from The Beth Israel Hospital (June, 1950); Condolence letters from The Beth Israel Hospital and the Passaic County Clerk’s Office (June, 1950); New Year’s booklet by the Jewish community of Fuerth (1938); Family history of the Rosenberg family (1908); Booklet with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors (Jewish Community Center of West Hempstead 1990); Personal recollections and newspapers clippings, prepared by Herbert Achtentuch (1938-1988); Austrian passport (1938); Matriculation booklets; Original pencil drawing depicting Dr. Hermann Achtentuch in a medical ward in Albania during World War I (1918).

Addenda: Invitation for the Bar Mitzvah of Herbert Achtentuch (1935); Oneg Shabbath program during ship passage to the United States; Newspaper congratulations for the engagement of Hermann Achtentuch and Paula Kohn; Original document for donation to the Jewish National Fund at the occasion of the wedding of Paula Kohn and Hermann Achtentuch and Ketuva (1921); Telegram congratulations for their wedding; Original medical diploma for Hersch Achtentuch; Diploma for Achtentuch’s residence in the delivery clinic of the First University Gynecological Clinic 6/1919); Marriage certificate for Dr. Achtentuch and Paula Kohn (May 26, 1921); Austrian War Memorial Medal Certificate (October 8, 1934).

Photographs: Dr. Achtentuch amidst colleagues at the Vienna Kaiser Jubilaeums Hospital in Vienna (1916-1917); Family portrait; Dr. Achtentuch in a military hospital during World War I (Hungary, 1918).

Clippings: Jewish newspaper Die Stimme (various editions between 1928 and 1938); Neue Freie Presse (1915); Die Neue Welt (1927); Juedische Jugend (1936 and 1937), newspaper for the Jewish Youth of Austria; Jugend Tageblatt (1935).


  • 1887-1997


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English with some Hebrew, Latin and Polish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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

The physician Dr. Hermann (Hersch) Achtentuch was born on Jan. 8, 1887 in Odessa. He attended high school in Brody and medical school at the University of Vienna, receiving his diploma in 1916 and serving in WW I as a field physician in Albania. In 1921 he got married to Paula (Pessel) née Kohn, born Nov. 27, 1899, and on Sep. 9, 1922 their son Herbert was born. Dr. Hermann Achtentuch practiced medicine in Vienna from 1918 until July 1938, when Jews were barred to do so.

The family immigrated to New Jersey, where Dr. Achtentuch resumed his medical practice. He died June 1, 1950.


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The collection holds original documents pertaining to the personal, academic and professional life of Dr. Hermann Achtentuch. Also included are documents pertaining to his wife Paula née Kohn, and to their son, Herbert Achtentuch.


Available on microfilm

Separated Material

Photographs removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Addenda in the paper collection hold Herbert Achtentuch’s questionnaire of the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute as well as a list of his donations to YIVO (1975) and to the Museum of Jewish Heritage (1998).

Guide to the Achtentuch Family Collection, 1887-1997  AR 10514 / MF 502
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2012
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 18, 2018:: Finding aid edited.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States