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Trudy and Max Houser Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25155

Scope and Contents

The Trudy and Max Houser Family Collection holds information about Trudy, Max, and his brother Ernst Ichenhaeuser. The material consists of a newspaper article from the Juedischer Bote vom Rhein, a drawing portraying David Ichenhaeuser, military papers, academic documents, correspondence, and a timeline. Particularly prominent in this collection is the immigration to the US.

In Series I there are official documents of Max Houser and a timeline of Trudy and Max’s actions in the years 1933-1938.

Series II contains correspondence mostly between family members. Ernst Houser’s immigration plan to the US is probably the most prominent topic in this series. In Folder 4 are the English translations of the family correspondence.


  • 1882-1945
  • Majority of material found within 1941


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection 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


Biographical Note

Max Houser was born as Max Ichenhaeuser on December 4th, 1892 in Cologne, Germany. His parents were Emma and David Ichenhaeuser. He also had a brother named Ernst who wasn’t able to escape Germany. He was deported to Auschwitz in 1942 and survived the Holocaust. Max himself spent two weeks in Dachau in November 1938. After his release both he and his wife Trudy left Germany and immigrated to the United States, where their daughter Erica was born. Max died on September 17th, 1941.

His wife Trudy Houser née Moses was born on July 7th, 1901 and died in May 1982. Her parents Martha and Sigmund Moses died during the war. Her father died of natural causes and her mother died after she was deported to Theresienstadt.


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The Trudy and Max Houser Family Collection comprises material mostly on Max Houser and his brother Ernst Ichenhaeuser. The most prominent topic is Ernst’s planned immigration to the US. Also included are typed and translated copies of letters, sent by Max and Trude Houser’s parents in Germany, 1941. The material includes official documents of Max Houser, correspondence, a timeline, a newspaper article written by Max, and a drawing portraying his father.

Processing Information

The collection has been rearranged.

Guide to the Papers of the Trudy and Max Houser Family 1882-1945, (bulk 1941)   AR 25155
Processed by Meike Bingemann, LBI Intern
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from TrudyMaxHouser.xml

Revision Statements

  • November 08, 2012 : 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