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Gustav Freud Collection

Identifier: AR 25288 / MF 857

Scope and Content Note

Letters, documents and ephemera pertaining to the life of Gustav Freud (1914-2006)


  • 1926-2007


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Folders 1-18 are available on microfilm - please use MF 857. (Addendum Folders 1-10 have not been microfilmed.)

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

Gustav Freud was born in Vienna, Austria on Sept. 2nd, 1914, son of Georg (Gibor) Freud and Josefine Kohn Freud. He had one older brother, Walter.

Theater was the big passion of his youth, as documented by numerous playbills and notes. He left Vienna in November 1938 (shortly after Kristallnacht) and arrived in Trinidad in January 1939; his parents followed six months later.

In 1940, Gustav moved on to the U.S., arriving in January in New York and eventually in Cleveland, Ohio, where he found employment with Vinograd Carpets. - Gustav’s father died in Trinidad in 1940, and his mother joined Gustav in 1943: the same year that he got married to Ruth Walkov. Shortly after, all three moved to New York, where George opened his own business as a bookseller. After working at the New York Public Library in 1959, Gustav began employment with the U.S. Postal Service in 1960. 1962 he enrolled at City University of New York – City College, where he received his M.A. – He retired from his work in 1980. Gustav Freud died on Dec. 19, 2006 in New York City.

Gustav Freud had one son, George, who was born in 1950.


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Letters, documents and ephemera pertaining to the life of Gustav Freud (1914-2006)


See Austrian Heritage Collection
Guide to the Gustav Freud Collection, 1926-2007 AR 25288 / MF 857
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2010
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 18, 2012 : 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