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Grete Simon, M.D. Collection

Identifier: AR 5787

Scope and Content Note

This collection holds the papers of Dr. Grete Simon and her family from the 1880s to 1977. It includes the personal correspondence of Grete, Adolf and Martha Simon, official papers, and family photographs.

Series I holds the personal correspondence of Grete Simon, including letters and postcards Grete received from the author, art historian, and journalist Julie Braun-Vogelstein. It also contains letters from Hedwig Ehrlich, widow of Paul Ehrlich.

Series II holds official and personal papers and correspondence of Adolf and Martha Simon as well as family photographs.

Series III holds miscellaneous materials such as a document regarding a research request, a drawing of Robert Liehenthal, and two publications issued by the National Council of Jewish Women.


  • 1871-1977
  • Majority of material found in 1871-1900, 1940-1971


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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

Grete Simon was born in Elbing, near Koenigsberg, East Prussia (today Kaliningrad, Russia) on November 20, 1895. She was the daughter of Dr. Adolf Simon and Martha Simon (née Borchardt). Her father, a doctor, died in 1908. Grete also became a doctor, practicing ophthalmology in Koenigsberg. In 1936/37, she immigrated to New York City, the National Council of Jewish Women having provided an affidavit for her. Her mother, Martha Simon, also emigrated some time in the following three years. Once in New City York, Grete resumed her practice and formed a friendship with Julie Braun-Vogelstein. She died October 30, 1987.


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The Grete Simon, M.D. Collection holds the papers, correspondence and photographs of Dr. Grete Simon, Dr. Adolf Simon, and Martha Simon. The collection contains personal letters, official papers relating to Adolf Simon’s education and work, as well as family photographs.

Processing Information

The collection has been reordered and split into three series. The items within the folders were arranged in chronological order wherever possible. The folders were reordered, and renumbered accordingly, to reflect the new arrangement.

Guide to the Papers of Grete Simon (1895-1987) 1871-1977 AR 5787
Processed by Fabian Wendler
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from GreteSimon.xml

Revision Statements

  • November 25, 2013 : 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