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Ernest Kahn Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25115

Scope and Content Note

The items in this collection were assembled by Ernest Kahn, son of Morris and Ida Kahn. The majority of the collection consists of financial statements and correspondence pertaining to restitution claims filed by Morris Kahn against the government of West Germany in the 1950’s and 1960’s. There are also photographs and family trees.


  • 1918-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1954-1988


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

Biographical Note

Ernest Kahn was born in Nieder-Florstadt, Upper Hesse, Germany in 1927, the son of Moritz (Morris) and Ida Kahn. Morris Kahn was born in 1893 in Geinsheim (Gross-Gerau), Germany to Sigmund and Sophie Kahn née Eppinger. Morris served in the army from 1916 to 1918. Ida Kahn (née Levy) was born in Nieder-Florstadt to Gustav and Amalie Levy in 1901. In 1924, Ida and Morris were married in Nieder-Florstadt. Morris immigrated to the United States in 1936 and was followed two years later by his wife Ida, children Ernest and Ruth, and his mother-in-law Amalie Levy. The family settled in New York City.


0.5 Linear Feet


The Ernest Kahn Family Collection documents the lives of Ernest Kahn, his father Morris Kahn, his mother Ida Kahn née Levy, his sister Ruth Kahn, and his maternal grandmother Amalie Levy née Blumenthal. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence and financial statements pertaining to restitution claims filed against the German government.


The collection has been arranged into two series.

Digitization Note

The collection has been digitized in its entirety. Access to box 1 folders 8, 9, 13, and 14 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers with questions regarding restricted materials may contact the LBI Archivist at

Separated Material

Photographs have been separated from the collection.

Guide to the Ernest Kahn Family Collection 1901-2005 bulk 1954-1988 AR 25115
Processed by Angela Lawrence
© 2011
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States