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Kaete Rindskopf Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25317

Scope and Content Note

The Kaete Rindskopf Family Collection holds papers of members of the extended Rindskopf family. Included are various official documents, poems, genealogical and biographical material and correspondence.

The first series consists of family documents, and include genealogical data, marriage certificates, and poems for family celebrations. Many of these relate to Käte Rindskopf, documenting her first marriage to Hans Lamm, second to Heinrich Kohn, and her death in New York in 1993 (as Kate Hilton). The second series holds some correspondence of Paul and Hedwig Rindskopf to Käte and her family. Two folders of letters to Gerda Thalheimer also mention Käte and Ruth (later Lori Berliner).


  • 1921-1993


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German, with a small amount of English and Italian.

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

Käte (sometimes spelled Käthe) Rindskopf was born in 1904 in Steele near Essen, the daughter of Paul and Hedwig (née Franck) Rindskopf. From 1927-1941 Käte was married to Hans Lamm, with whom she had a daughter, Ruth Lori Lamm (later Lori Berliner).

In July 1946 Käte, then residing in Locarno, Switzerland, remarried to Heinrich Kohn. They immigrated from Switzerland to New York in September 1948. Käte died as Kate Hilton in New York on January 29, 1993.

In December 1946 Ruth Lori traveled with her father, Hans Lamm, and older sister Marion to New York via Genoa, Italy. In December 1956 she joined the staff of the United Nations, beginning her career as a library clerk in the Dag Hammarskjold Library. Following the detainment of a fellow United Nations staff member in 1979 she advocated for the recognition and support of illegally detained staff members and became the chairperson for the Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service, which by 1982 had grown to a full-time position. Lori Berliner worked for the United Nations for thirty-five years.


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This collection encompasses papers of members of the extended Rindskopf family, including Lori Berliner. Documentation of the family history, significant events such as marriages and deaths, and their interrelation through correspondence is present. The collection holds official documents, correspondence, genealogical material and celebratory poems, among other material.


This collection is arranged in two series:

Separated Material

Removed from this collection was a memoir, "Unter dem Banner des Hakenkreuzes" along with its English translation "Under the Banner of the Swastika" [ME 1563]. This memoir was possibly written by Willi Rindskopf, the great-uncle of Lori Berliner, and is an account of a German Jew married to a gentile woman and how she managed to save his life during the Nazi years. This memoir is digitized.

Processing Information

Since little original order appeared present in the collection, order was imposed during processing and folders were rearranged to create series. Gerda Thalheimer's correspondence was divided by correspondent. An article on Lori Berliner was placed in folder 1/4 with other family papers that contained biographical material.

Guide to the Papers of the Kaete Rindskopf Family 1921-1993 AR 25317
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2012
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from KaeteRindskopfFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 22, 2014 : 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