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Hilde Friedmann Collection

Identifier: AR 25378

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal papers of Hilde née Friedmann and her immediate family members. Included are vital records, official documents, correspondence, restitution materials, and photographs. Folder 1 contains identification cards of Hilde Friedmann, her father Solomon Friedmann, and her daughter Ruth Wagener. The vital and official documents in folder 2 include birth, marriage, and death certificates, emigration documents, and a burial plot deed. Hilde’s stepdaughter Sherry (alternatively Shirley) Schacht née Berger and her husband initiated restitution claims in the 1990s for the land and home owned by Solomon and Ida Friedmann in Römhild, Germany. Materials related to these claims are included in folder 3. The correspondence in folder 4 includes postcards sent to Hilde Friedmann during World War I as well as a few letters from family from the 1940s-1970s. The ephemera includes a song book from a 1949 wedding, a calendar, and information on a Kibbutz. The family photographs depict Hilde Friedmann, her parents, her brother Ludwig Friedmann, her daughter Ruth Wagener, her second husband Michael Werbel, her third husband Louis Berger, and her stepchildren in formal and informal poses ranging from around 1900 to the 1990s. The unidentified photographs range from the 1860s to the 1960s and seem to depict other relatives and friends. They include formal albumen prints on cardboard mounts, black and white photographs on paper, one tintype, and several picture postcards.


  • 1860s-2009


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German with a few documents 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

Hilde Friedmann was born on August 29, 1901 in Höchheim in Bavaria, the daughter of the cattle dealer Solomon Friedmann (6/18/1870 – 8/1/1947) and his wife Ida (6/14/1872 – 8/19/1939). Hilde divorced her first husband Herbert Wagener in 1931. The couple had a daughter, Ruth (1930 –1939). In 1935, Hilde and Ruth Wagener emigrated to Haifa, Palestine before immigrating to the United States in 1938. Ruth was hit and killed by a car in 1939. Hilde worked as a seamstress in Manhattan and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. In 1940, Hilde married Michael Werbel (Werbelowitz), who died 9 years later at the age of 45. She then married Louis Berger and became the stepmother of his three children, Thelma, Sherry, and Joel. Louis Berger died in 1969, and Hilde Werbel Berger died on January 13, 2004, at the age of 102.


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This collection contains the personal papers of Hilde née Friedmann and her immediate family. Born to a cattle dealer in Bavaria in 1901, Hilde fled Germany for Palestine and then the United States, where she worked as a seamstress. Included are official documents, correspondence, restitution materials, and photographs.


Arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety with the exception of selections from folders 2 and 3, which are restricted due to privacy concerns.

Processing Information

Duplicates and negatives of images for which positives existed were removed. Also removed were two road maps of Bavaria and a copy of a German-language pulp magazine Marken Zwei Herzen with the story "Heut fand ich dich zum zweitenmal" by Susanne Arndt.

Guide to the Hilde Friedmann Collection 1860s-2009 AR 25378
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

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

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States