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Martin and Recha Moses Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25526

Scope and Content Note

The Martin and Recha Moses Family Collection holds papers of members of the Moses and related families, including papers of individual family members as well as items that relate to the family as a whole, such as family trees or a folder of family photographs. The collection includes official documents such as birth, death, marriage or citizenship certificates as well as some correspondence and a diary.

Most folders of the collection pertain to individual family members, with several folders pertaining to Martin and Recha Moses and another to their daughter Anneliese and her husband Kurt Reis. Most folders hold various official documents or certificates of family members, such as birth, marriage, citizenship and death certificates or identity papers such as passports, driver's licenses or immigrant identity cards. The papers of Bertha Kahn focus on her death in 1936 but also include a few obituaries of others and her memorial book (Jahrzeits- und Trauer-Andachtsbuch). The papers of Israel Moses, father of Martin Moses, include some documents related to the founding of his business in Frankfurt am Main as well as a few on his military service. The final folder holds papers of Solomon Kahn, father of Recha Moses; his papers include correspondence on the deaths of his sons Felix and Richard.

Among the papers of Martin and Recha Moses is some 1946 correspondence regarding Recha Moses's search for her brother Felix Kahn, who was deported to Litzmannstadt. In addition to official and identity papers, Martin and Recha Moses's documents include correspondence to their daughter Anneliese during her stay in Amsterdam and after her arrival in the United States; these letters mention her stay in Holland, provide family news and describe Martin and Recha's own immigration preparations. Other papers include drawings of custom furniture used in their apartment and Recha Moses's travel diary. This diary discusses her postwar travels to Europe, Israel, South America and the Caribbean and include a list of her travel dates and destinations. The diary's entries describe her and her family members' activities on their trips in addition to some description and facts about the places visited.

Many of the collection's family photographs are identified – included among them are images of Martin and Recha Moses, Kurt and Anneliese Reis and Solomon, Bertha and Richard Kahn. Folder 1/3 contains several family trees and some genealogical notes; among its contents are family register books (Familien-Stammbücher) for the families of Martin and Recha Moses and Israel and Theresia Moses. Notes list names of family members and significant dates.


  • Creation: 1871-1981
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920s-1980s


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German and English with a very small amount of 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 "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

Martin Moses was born in 1877 in Frankfurt am Main, the son of the businessman Israel Moses and his wife Theresia (née Weiss). He became a salesman and in 1913 he married Recha Kahn, born in 1892, the daughter of Solomon and Bertha (née Arnsberg) Kahn, also from Frankfurt. On September 16, 1914 their daughter Anneliese was born. She immigrated to the United States in 1938; her parents followed in 1940. After their naturalization in January 1946 Martin and Recha Moses changed their surname to Moser.

Anneliese Moses found work in an office and in 1946 married the salesman Kurt Julius Reis, also an immigrant from Frankfurt am Main. They had a daughter, Marilyn. Martin Moser died in 1949, Recha in 1981. Kurt Reis died in 1970.


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The collection consists of papers of members of the Martin and Recha Moses family that originated in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, including some papers from related families. Included are official and identity papers of three generations of the family, in addition to family registers and genealogical information, family photographs, a travel diary and some correspondence.


The collection is arranged alphabetically in one series.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Guide to the Papers of the Martin and Recha Moses Family 1871-1981 AR 25526
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
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This version was derived from Martin_and_Recha_MosesFamily.xml

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States