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Fred Strauss Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25127

Scope and Content Note

A large portion of the collection consists of handwritten and typed personal correspondence among family and friends from the time the Strauss family emigrated through 1941, with a few pieces from 1942-1944. This correspondence includes letters to family members held at Camp de Gurs. The official documents included in the collection consist of birth, marriage, and death certificates, personal identification papers, emigration papers, and the official liquidation papers for Milian Strauss and Arthur Neu’s business GeWeBe Handelsgesellschaft für Woll- und Baumwollgewebe. The materials related to restitution include correspondence, legal papers, and financial records documenting the efforts of Jenny Strauss to claim restitution on behalf of herself and her husband for damages to career advancement and retirement benefits. Also included are several postcards and letters sent to and from Jenny Strauss' father Baruch Neu at the turn of the twentieth century.


  • 1892-1966, 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1939-1966

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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

Fred Ludwig Strauss was born in Lengfeld im Odenwald, Germany to the businessman Milian Strauss (1893-1964) and his wife Jenny née Neu (1896-1985). Milian Strauss was co-owner of a textile business called GeWeBe Handelsgesellschaft für Woll- und Baumwollgewebe in Frankfurt am Main. Jenny Strauss' brother, Hugo Neu, immigrated to the United States in 1930, and he filed the affidavit of support for Jenny, Milian, and their two sons to come to the United States as well. They left Frankfurt am Main in 1939. Milian's mother Fina was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942 and died there. His sister Lina and her husband Ludwig Levita were also deported, their date and place of death are unknown.


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Fred Strauss was the son of Milian Strauss (1893-1964), a textile businessman in Frankfurt am Main during the 1930s. This collection consists of the personal papers of the Strauss and Neu families. The bulk of the collection is correspondence written from 1938-1941 and restitution papers from the 1960s. Other materials include personal identification papers, vital records, and emigration papers.


The collection is arranged first by document type and then chronologically.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Very brittle paper materials were placed in Mylar sleeves. Materials were rehoused into new folders where needed.

Guide to the Fred Strauss Family Collection 1892-1966, 2003 (bulk 1939-1966) AR 25127
Processed by Leanora Lange and Margot Gerson
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States