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Erich Jacobs Collection

Identifier: AR 25650

Scope and Content Note

This collection has been organized into three series by the processor. The first series contains a timeline of Erich Jacobs's life and several tables that organize the contents of the collection by various topics. The facsimiles throughout the collection are of documents and correspondence, both formal and informal. Within each series, the folders are organized alphabetically. The contents of each folder are arranged chronologically. The contents of the folders are in original order.


  • 1923-1973


Language of Materials

The documents in this collection are in German, translated into English by Fredel Jacobs Fruhman, daughter of Erich Jacobs.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Erich Jacobs was born in Nuttlar, Germany on December 19, 1906. He was one of nine children, six girls and three boys. Jacobs attended grammar school in Nuttlar and then went on studying at the Gymnasium at Brilon. Afterwards he entered the Teacher's Seminary in Cologne, Germany in 1923. There he began working as a cantor. When the time came to leave the seminary, Jacobs took and passed the required exams to become a teacher. He married his wife Hetti Neumann on October 8, 1934. Five years later they had their first child, a son named Jethro. In September of 1941 the family of three left Germany for Barcelona, Spain where they stayed for four months. In January of 1942 the family boarded a boat in Portugal and made their way to Cuba, where they lived through the end of World War II. The family moved to New York City in March of 1946, and resided there until November of 1947. The family finally settled in November of 1947, in Trenton, New Jersey, where they had their second child, Fredel, in November of 1948. Jacobs retired from teaching in December, 1965. On March 6, 1973 he died at the age of sixty-seven.


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The Erich Jacobs collection contains documents and correspondence, as well as genealogical tables of both the Jacobs and Neumann families. There are several documents regarding emigration attempts, as well as receipts, passport and naturalization forms, registrations to various organizations, and certificates. Much of the collection includes facsimiles of the original records with translations attached.

Other Finding Aid

Series 1, folder 1 contains timelines, tables, and family trees, for use in navigating this collection and was arranged by the donor. The tables provide item-level descriptions of everything in the collection.

Related Material

See also the Autobiography of Erich Jacobs, ME 1625. Also, see Restitution for Hetti Jacobs, AR 11978.

Separated Material

A CD and USB Flash Drive, both containing duplicates of the facsimiles in the folders, were removed to the LBI Audiovisual Collection.

Processing Information

Material is now arranged alphabetically within each respective series. Three series were created: Collection Reference, Correspondence, and Documents. The items within each folder are in their original order, arranged chronologically.

Guide to the Papers of Erich Jacobs 1923-1973 AR 25650
Processed by Rebecca Posna
© 2017
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from ErichJacobs.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 3, 2018 : 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