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West European Collection

Identifier: AR 4099 / MF 356

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and manuscripts on Alsace-Lorraine, France, and Germany. About half of the papers in this collection concern Alsace-Lorraine, the major part being written in Hebrew and Yiddish; documents and manuscripts in part I contain more than 200 pages in Hebrew and Yiddish. Business papers go back to 1738. There are several lists of the Jewish population counts 1684 Jewish names of the French population connected with Metz.

Series II shows reports by the major French organizations who tried to help the Jewish refugees in the Hitler years.

Various papers concerning Germany (1870-1936) can be found in Series III.

The following individuals and families are mentioned in this collection: Bloch family; Dreyfus, Louis; Frank, Heinz; Lehman, Joseph; and Moch, Jacob.


  • 1691-1941

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Series I is microfilmed - use MF 356 (1 reel).

Series IV: Oversized is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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.

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



0.5 Linear Feet


This collection contains documents and manuscripts on Alsace-Lorraine, France, and Germany.


Series I (except oversized materials) is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 356).

  1. Reel 1: Series I
West European Collection, 1691-1941   AR 4099 / MF 356
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2011: Links to digital objects for Series IV: Oversized added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States