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Toczek Family Collection

Identifier: AR 4763

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the personal papers of Heinrich, Hanna-Herta, and Peter Toczek, the bulk of which stems from the time between 1910 and the family's immigration to the U.S. in 1938. The inventory in folder 1 includes an English-language biographical note and an item-level list of materials written in German. Attached to this is a family tree. Both the inventory and the family tree were compiled in 1979 by the Leo Baeck archivist at the time. Heinrich Toczek’s materials include vital records, World War I military records, education records from secondary school (Gymnasium) and medical studies at the University of Berlin, and official correspondence concerning Toczek’s dismissal from medical practice in 1933. Folder 3 contains materials mainly related to the Toczek family's immigration, including letters of recommendation and official correspondence. Also included with this material are letters reflecting Heinrich Toczek's efforts to become licensed to practice medicine after arrival in the United States. Hanna-Herta Toczek’s materials include records of her education and career as a kindergarten teacher and social worker in Berlin. Peter Toczek’s materials consist mainly of his school grades from the Private Knaben Volksschule der jüdischen Gemeinde Berlin, a school for Jewish boys who were not permitted to attend school elsewhere. The family papers in folder 6 include vital records of other family members, correspondence regarding the Henschel family inheritance, a memorial (Jahrzeit) book for Max Toczek, and correspondence regarding burial plots in Berlin. This folder also includes the 1938 death certificate of Rosa Toczek alongside a note that seems to have been written by her to her children, possibly near the time of her death. The correspondence in folder 7 is ordered alphabetically within the folder by the name of the correspondent. Letters were sent to the Toczeks from relatives and friends in Berlin as well as others who had fled to Shanghai. A few letters from the 1950s-1970s sent from relatives in Israel and the United States are included. Oversized materials include Heinrich Toczek’s diplomas and World War I-era front pages of the Berlin Lokal Anzeiger newspaper, one announcing the assassination of the Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand and his wife, and another with a statement by Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph.


  • Creation: 1864-1979
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910-1938


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with a few documents in English and Polish.

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

Born in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany on March 9, 1898, Heinrich Toczek was the son of the merchant Max Toczek (1860-1937) and his wife Rosa née Henschel (1872-1938). He served in the German army during World War I and then studied medicine at the University of Berlin. He completed his doctorate in 1923 and practiced as a physician in Berlin until his dismissal from the profession in 1933 on “racial” grounds. He immigrated to the United States in 1938 with his wife, Hanna-Herta née Lewin (1900-1977) and their son Peter (born 1931). Hanna-Herta had made a career in Berlin as a social worker, primarily working with children. The family lived in New Jersey, where Heinrich (Henry) was able to practice medicine again in 1939.


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This collection contains the personal papers of physician Heinrich Toczek (1898-1978), the social worker Hanna-Herta Toczek née Lewin (1900-1977), and their son Peter, reflecting their life in Berlin, Germany and their immigration to the U.S. in 1938. Materials include vital records, military records from World War I, education records, official correspondence, emigration papers, and personal correspondence with relatives who stayed behind in Germany and others who fled to Shanghai.


The collection is arranged alphabetically. Where more than one folder relates to the same individual, folders are ordered chronologically. Oversized materials are arranged separately.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Separated Material

Photographs in this collection have been separated to the LBI Photograph Collection and can be viewed online: Photographs from the Toczek Family Collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 1979, at which time the item-level inventory was created. During the creation of the EAD finding aid in 2014, materials were rehoused into a 0.25-foot manuscript box, and the materials in Heinrich Toczek’s folder were split into two separate folders to better accommodate them. Peter and Hanna-Herta Toczek were given their own folders. The diplomas were unfolded and placed in oversize folders and boxes.

Guide to the Toczek Family Collection 1864-1979 (bulk 1910-1938) AR 4763
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
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. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • May 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