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Hacker-Glanz Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25229

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal papers of members of the Glanz and Hacker families. Papers relating to Emil Hacker, Heinrich Glancz, and Jakob Glanz include educational records, letters of recommendation, emigration papers, marriage contracts, U.S. naturalization papers, and passports. Gertrude Hacker’s folder contains her handwritten answers to a questionnaire about her early life in Vienna, her experience as a refugee, and her life in the United States. All of the materials related to Emil Hacker and Jakob Glanz are photocopies.


  • Creation: 1917-2000

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German with a few materials in Chinese.

Access Restrictions

This collection is 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

Gertrude Glanz was born in Vienna, Austria on April 13, 1920 as the daughter of the photographer Jakob Glanz and his wife Margarethe née Freundlich. Gertrude worked in her father’s studio and became a photographer herself. Her father Jakob Glanz was arrested on Kristallnacht and imprisoned in Dachau. He was released on the condition that the family leave the country immediately. Gertrude emigrated with her parents to Shanghai in March of 1939. Her father died in March of 1948. Gertrude immigrated to the United States in January of 1949. She married Herbert Herzfeld in April 1949 and set up a photography studio in Jamaica, Queens (New York). In 1961, Gertrude divorced her first husband, shut down her New York studio, and married Emil Hacker.

Emil Hacker was born on February 17, 1911 in Vienna, Austria. He emigrated to Shanghai in 1939, where he worked in the offices of the Committee for the Assistance of European Jewish Refugees in Shanghai and the American Joint Distribution Committee’s Shanghai branch. He married his first wife, Ellen Marie (Marion) Richheimer (born May 7, 1922), on May 30, 1945 and immigrated to the United States with her and their son Fred George in 1947. In the U.S., Emil worked as an accountant. Emil Hacker and Gertrude née Glanz married in 1961 in San Francisco. In 1965, the couple moved to Denver, where Emil died in 1977.

Gertrude née Glanz’s uncle, Heinrich Glancz, was a salesman in Vienna. He married and later divorced Lilly née Wetterschneider in 1927 in Vienna. He emigrated to Shanghai and later to the United States. He died in 1960 in New York.


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This collection contains personal papers of the Glanz and Hacker family members. Included are materials related to the education, emigration, marriage, and career of photographer Jakob Glanz, his brother Heinrich Glancz, and his son-in-law Emil Hacker. A written interview with Gertrude Hacker née Glanz is also included.


Arranged alphabetically by name.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

Color images of a remembrance card and photograph given to Emil Hacker by the administrative staff of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1947 can be viewed online: Group portrait of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Shanghai.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed.

Guide to the Hacker-Glanz Family Collection 1917-2000 AR 25229
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
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Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • June 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States