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Walter and Herta Fleck Collection

Identifier: AR 10806

Scope and Content Note

This collection mainly reflects the education, immigration, and restitution efforts of Walter Fleck and Herta Fleck née Froehlich. Walter Fleck studied law, economics, and business throughout the 1920s, and Herta Fleck née Froehlich studied medicine from 1927-1933. Education records in this collection reflect both of their courses of study and include books of university classes taken, letters of enrollment, letters of recommendation, and certificates of completion for courses, exams, and practical training. Also included among Herta Fleck’s education records are official pieces of correspondence from the State University of New York regarding her interest in earning a medical license in the United States and letters of recommendation from a few places where she worked in the first few years in the United States. The immigration records in the collection consist of vital records and a few official documents. The restitution materials include correspondence with lawyers, court decisions, and bank records.

There also are some materials on other members of the Fleck family, including vital documents for Walter Fleck’s parents, Karl and Paula Fleck, as well as vital records for Herta’s parents Oscar and Frieda Froehlich. One piece of correspondence from Herta’s brother Walter is also included, as are two family tree books (Familienstammbücher), one for Oscar and Frieda Froehlich, and one for Herta and Walter Fleck.


  • Creation: 1901-1973

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and French.

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

Herta Froehlich (1908-1994) was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany on May 19, 1908 to the businessman Oscar Froehlich and his wife Frieda née Raphaelson. Her brother Walter Froehlich was born three years before. The Froehlich family owned the Froehlich & Co. Mechanische Kleiderfabrik, a clothing factory. Also born in Mönchengladbach, Walter Fleck (1903-1990) was the son of the businessman Karl Fleck and his wife Paula. Walter studied law, economics, and business in Giessen and Munich and earned a PhD in economics. Herta studied medicine, passing her examinations in 1933 and practicing in Paris, France between 1933 and 1934. Walter Fleck and Herta Froehlich married in 1935 in Germany. They immigrated to the United States in 1939 and settled in New York. Herta Fleck successfully claimed damages to her career advancement in the 1960s. Walter Fleck died in 1990, and Herta in 1994.


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This collection documents the education and immigration of Herta Fleck née Froehlich (1908-1994) and Walter Fleck (1903-1990). Both born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Herta and Walter studied medicine and economics, respectively. They married in 1935 and immigrated to the United States, settling in New York. The collection contains vital records, education records, official documents, and restitution materials.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by name.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to folder 7 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed materials may contact the LBI Archivist at

Separated Material

A handwritten cookbook belonging to Herta Fleck with 37 various recipes dated from the early 1890s has been removed to the Cookbook collection, AR 3527, at the LBI Archives.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders. Papers were unfolded and flattened. Particularly fragile papers were placed in Mylar sleeves.

Guide to the Walter and Herta Fleck Collection 1901-1973 AR 10806
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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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

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New York NY 10011 United States