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Alfred Karger Collection

Identifier: AR 25330

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documents related to the life and work of Alfred Karger. The papers of this collection largely comprise correspondence but additionally include articles, a lecture and biographical information on him. As a well-known lawyer, Alfred Karger published various books and articles mainly on taxation and inheritance law. Series I holds a list of his books together with a biographical text on him, two obituaries and several of his articles. Furthermore it comprises different articles by his stepdaughter Lilly Guggenheim mainly included in a bound periodical volume of the magazine Psyche. Schweiz. Monatsschrift fuer Psychologie, Heilpaedagogik, Graphologie (Psyche. Switzerland. Monthly Journal for Psychology, Therapeutic Pedagogy, Graphology). Series II contains a speech and various copies of articles by Alfred Karger from 1932 to 1967 primarily dealing with taxation and restitution law as well as Nazi legal measures against Jews. Several letters from the later period of his life (1945-1968) with individuals and organizations are held in Series III.


  • 1932-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1932-1968


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Spanish and English.

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 "Reserve" 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

Alfred Karger was born in Magdeburg in 1891. He studied law in Berlin, Munich and Halle and graduated from the University of Strasbourg in 1913. During World War I, he was stationed as a medic in the Ukraine. Later he practiced law in Berlin and in 1923 he became partner of the former Prussian Minister Wolfgang Heine. He also published widely on taxation and inheritance law. In 1925, Alfred Karger married Anna Guggenheim. In 1933, his license to practice law was revoked. He continued to publish and was allowed to practice as a law consultant. After preparing an expert opinion on the status of Germany's occupation of Czech territory for the minister of Ecuador in Berlin, Alfred Karger received visas for his family to immigrate to Ecuador. In 1941, the family left Berlin and arrived in Ecuador ten weeks later by way of Spain, Cuba and Colombia. In Ecuador, Alfred Karger continued to publish on legal issues and also obtained government permission to practice as a law consultant. He also handled some immigrants' restitution cases and finally was admitted to the bar at the state court of Hamburg. On occasion he would travel to West Germany to research new legislation and trials and to meet with publishers. His main source of income, however, was a business dealing with Ecuadorian silver articles and wood carvings. Alfred Karger was active in the Jewish Community Center and the B'nai B'rith of Quito, sometimes officiating at weddings and funerals. He died in 1968. His son Walter immigrated to the United States in 1949. Walter's sister, Lilli Guggenheim, a social worker, was deported to Auschwitz in 1942.


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This collection holds materials relating to the life and work of Alfred Karger, a German lawyer who immigrated to Ecuador in 1941. In addition to biographical materials this collection also contains some of Alfred Karger's writings, mainly published articles, and correspondence with different individuals and organizations, related to various topics between 1945 and 1968.

Related Material

The LBI Archives also maintains the Karger Family Collection (AR 10048) including a family tree. In addition the LBI Library holds a booklet covering Alfred Karger’s published speech Folgenreiche Uebersetzung von Bibelworten (Momentous Translation of Bible Words) delivered in Quito 1961 (BS 1131 K3).

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2011 in preparation of the EAD finding aid, with the creation of series and addition of description. In that regard the correspondence was arranged alphabetically.

Guide to the Papers of Alfred Karger (1881-1968) 1932-2003 AR 25330
Processed by Christian Zech
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from AlfredKarger.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 05, 2011 : 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