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Martin G. Goldner Collection

Identifier: AR 3136

Scope and Content Note

The Martin G. Goldner Collection holds materials on five interrelated families: the Goldners, the Ehrenbergs, the Fischels, the Rosenzweigs, and the Baumanns. The material includes correspondence, photographs, biographical and other articles, financial documents, a student manual, a family tree, news letters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, a manuscript, and minutes. Particularly prominent in this collection is the correspondence between members of the Ehrenberg family, family histories, and material on the merging of the different families.

Series I contains information about Martin G. Goldner and his wife Elisabeth. Material includes financial documents regarding retirement and reinvestments, and personal belongings like reports, a student manual, and a collection of newspaper clippings.

The second and most important series is about the Ehrenberg, Fischel, and Rosenzweig families. It comprises correspondence between individual family members and close family friends. They discuss past and upcoming events such as an engagement, or a wedding, their mental state, their health condition, and so on. Also, the series holds writings on the family history which help to track down the merging of the different families, and other material like information about the Samsonschule, a Jewish school in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Remarkable in this series is a manuscript by the famous Jewish theologian Franz Rosenzweig, which can be found in folder 14.

Series III contains information about the Baumann family. This information includes a family tree, some writings on the family history, photographs, and documents such as awards and death certificates. The family tree contains information that covers the years 1137-1981. The writings only begin with the year 1808 and discuss the settlement of the Baumanns in Kassel. A small number of photographs portray Theodor Bauman, his wife Henriette, and a few other relatives.


  • 1822-1986
  • Majority of material found within 1840s-1890s, 1970s


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and French.

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 Notes on a few Individuals

Very little is known about the creator of this collection, the physicians Dr. Martin G. Goldner and his wife, Dr. Elisabeth Goldner.

Information about better known members of the Ehrenberg and Rosenzweig families is widely available from various sources in the LBI Archives, foremost in the Ehrenberg-Rosenzweig Family Collection AR 4587.

Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg (1773-1853) was the "Inspector" of the Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel. He made the school into a model for the mixture of religious and secular education, guided by the spirit of the Enlightenment and Reform Judaism. He was married to Henriette (Jette) Maas (1781-1845). His most renowned pupils were perhaps Leopold Zunz and Isaak Marcus Jost.

Philipp Ehrenberg (1811-1833) was the second son of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg. He succeeded his father as principal of the Samsonschule. Philipp married Julie Fischel (1827-1922), the daughter of a renowned rabbinical family from Prague. They had three children: Viktor (1851-1929), Richard (1857-1921) and Otto (1849-1928).All of them became well-known in German academia.

Julie Ehrenberg-Wichelhausen, first daughter of Samuel M. Ehrenberg, was born in 1813 and died in 1847. She was married to Felix Wichelhausen and had two children, Albert and Julie.

Amalie Ehrenberg Rosenzweig, second daughter of Samuel M. Ehrenberg, was born in Wofenbuettel in 1822 and died in Kassel in 1885. She was married to Louis Rosenzweig (1818-1875). The couple had two sons: Traugott and Georg.

Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) philosopher and theologian, was one of the most important personalities in German Jewish intellectual life after World War I. He was the son of Georg and Adele Rosenzweig, née Alsberg; the grandson of Louis and Amalie (Malchen) Rosenzweig; and the great-grandson of Isaac Lewi Rosenzweig.


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The Martin G. Goldner Collection holds materials amassed by this amateur historian in pursuit of his and his wife’s genealogy, thus interrelating five families: the Goldners, the Ehrenbergs, the Fischels, the Rosenzweigs, and the Baumanns. The most noteworthy materials belong to the Ehrenbergs and their Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel, as well as to the Fischels and Rosenzweigs. Documents include correspondence, photographs, original manuscripts and other archival materials.

Related Material

One will find related material in the LBI archive in the following collections:

  1. Ehrenberg - Rosenzweig Family Collection, AR 4584
  2. Rosenzweig Family Collection, AR 410
  3. Franz Rosenzweig Collection, AR 3001
  4. Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg Collection, AR 4025
  5. Leopold and Adelheid Zunz Collection, AR 3648

Processing Information

The collection has been completely restructured.

Guide to the Papers of Martin G. Goldner 1822-1986 AR 3136
Processed by Meike Bingemann
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from MartinGoldner.xml

Revision Statements

  • August 8, 2012: In Container List, changed box number from 1 to 2 for folders 7-18.
  • October 27, 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