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Renatus Hartogs Collection

Identifier: AR 25183

Scope and Content Note

This collection holds documents that relate to Renatus Hartogs' professional life rather than his personal life.

Hartogs' correspondence can be found in Series I. It consists of professional correspondence concerning his manuscript and other research projects. Included in the correspondence are letters from the well-known psychologist David Wechsler who became famous for his Intelligence Scales.

Series II holds Hartogs' research notes including psychological tests with questions and exercises and their explanations, papers filled in by patients and handwritten notes.

Series III consists of the unpublished manuscript "Why people are that way and do such things – a confidential handbook of motivation." In this work, Hartogs tries to systematize and explain basic human motivations and actions.

Series IV holds ten issues of the psychology journal Der Überlegene. Monatsschrift der Siemens-Studien-Gesellschaft für Psychologische Wissenschaften e.V. which Hartogs edited and in which he frequently published articles.


  • 1931-1981


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers. Names have been restricted in patients' records.

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

Renatus (sometimes called René) Hartogs was born in Mainz, Germany on January 22, 1909. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt and a medical degree from the University of Brussels Medical School and practiced as a psychologist. Before he fled the Nazis, he was the editor of the journal Der Überlegene. Monatsschrift der Siemens-Studien-Gesellschaft für Psychologische Wissenschaften e.V. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1940. He studied medicine in Montreal and clinical psychopathology in New York City again in order to fulfill the criteria to practice medicine there. From 1951 on, he was the chief psychiatrist at Youth House - an institution for the psychiatric observation of children - in New York City. Among others, he examined Lee Harvey Oswald, who was sent to Youth House in 1953, aged 13, for truancy from school (he later shot President John F. Kennedy. In 1965, Hartogs published a book about his experiences: The Two Assassins. The Warren Report - a Psychiatrist Discusses What it Really Reveals about Oswald and Ruby.

He founded the N.Y. Center for Stress-Coping, Inc. where he offered "training in individual and organizational stress-management." Hartogs died in 1998.


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The creator of this collection is the psychiatrist Dr. Renatus Hartogs who practiced in New York since 1949. The collection holds correspondence, research notes, issues of the monthly journal Der Überlegene and an unpublished manuscript on motivation.

Related Material

The testimony that Hartogs gave in the Lee Harvey Oswald case can be found online: .

The LBI Library includes several books by Renatus Hartogs.

Guide to the Papers of Renatus Hartogs (1909-1998) 1931-1981 AR 25183
Processed by Ulrike Schaefer
© 2011
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from RenatusHartogs.xml

Revision Statements

  • February 26, 2015 : 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