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Walther Weiss Collection

Identifier: AR 4830

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of the records of the Munich Jewish community (Kultusgemeinde) from 1939 to 1941. Also included are a few materials on the Munich Jewish community that date back to as early as 1894 as well as records from the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. The materials from the Munich Jewish community reflect living conditions of Jews between 1939 and 1941. These materials include administrative records such as hierarchies of the organization, membership lists, financial records, newsletters, reports, notes, and blank forms. The oversized materials in this collection consist of a table used to calculate grocery rations in August of 1940 and two tables of data about the members of the Jewish community as of June 1941, including members’ age, sex, membership status, and religious stance (“Glaubensjuden” or “Nichtglaubensjuden”). Among the materials in folder 4 are the program for the 1894 memorial service for Hermann Mueller, president of the Munich Jewish community, and a speech given by Alfred Neumeyer, head of the Jewish community of Bavaria, given in 1941 before he fled to Argentina. Folder 5 contains an inventory list with an overview of the collection in English and detailed descriptions of the items in German.


  • Creation: 1894-1941; circa 1979


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with a few materials in Hebrew.

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

Walther Weiss served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community of Munich before World War II. He and his wife Dora had two children, Werner and Helen. The family immigrated to New York, where Walther Weiss died in 1951.


“Walther Weiss Obituary.” New York Times, 29 July 1951: 69. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains records of the Munich Jewish community and the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. Most of the materials stem from 1939-1941 and include administrative records, financial records, newsletters, reports, notes, and blank forms.


The collection is arranged by organization and then by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Materials were placed in acid-free archival folders.

Guide to the Walther Weiss Collection undated, 1894-1941, circa 1979 AR 4830
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitized as part of the Center for Jewish History Holocaust Resources Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • March 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.
  • July 2015: dao link for oversized material added and digitization note updated by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States