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Ella and Ernst Stern Collection

Identifier: AR 25860

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the lives of Ella (née Kalt) and Ernst Stern, including their professional careers in Vienna and later their dressmaking business in New York. It consists of four folders in one box. This collection documents the lives of Ella (née Kalt) and Ernst Stern, including their professional careers in Vienna and later their dressmaking business in New York. It consists of four folders in one box.

The first folder mainly pertains to Ella and Ernst Stern’s lives in Vienna. It includes their personal records such as birth, marriage and residence certificates, which were stamped by Nazi authorities on October 26th, 1939. The folder also holds various educational and professional certificates of Ella and Ernst Stern, documenting their careers until 1938.

Folder two contains documents, mainly business certificates, regarding the dressmaking company Ella and Ernst Stern ran on the Upper West Side on Broadway until 1955, when Ella Stern became the sole owner, as one document in the collection indicates. It also includes a letter concerning a business premise Ella Stern rented in Manhattan in 1946, a social insurance award notification to Ernst Stern, and Ella Stern’s lease for an apartment in Washington Heights from October 1974 to September 1977.

In the third folder can be found records of Ella and Ernst Stern in the United States such as social security documents and Ella Stern’s certificate of naturalization. It also includes an inventory of Ella Stern’s estate after her death in 1979.

Finally, the fourth folder contains an anti-Semitic propaganda sheet by the organization “Phalanx--Christian Patriots” and an information brochure by the “Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League to Champion Human Rights, Inc.” (both circa 1939). It also includes a photocopy of the essay “Wie ich als Jude in der Diaspora aufwuchs” by Eduard Bernstein in German (from: “Ich bin der Letzte, der dazu schweigt”, Verlag für Berlin Brandenburg, 2004), labeled with the note “Aunt Tess L. Segal (Lawyer for Ella Stern)”.


  • 1906-1979
  • Majority of material found in 1923-1939, 1945-1956


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

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 "Reserve" 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

Ella Stern née Kalt was born in Vienna, Austria on July 15th, 1897. In 1923 she married Ernst (Ernö) Stern, who was born on December 27th, 1887 in Neuhäusel (then in Austro-Hungary, also known as Érsekujvár, today Nové Zámky in Slovakia). Ella Stern worked as an accountant at a bank in Vienna from 1915 to 1924. In 1926 she completed her education as a dressmaker and registered a dressmaking company. Ernst Stern was working first as a clerk and later in a managerial capacity at a bank from 1910 until he was dismissed in August 1938. Ella and Ernst Stern immigrated to the United States via Italy and arrived in New York on February 29th, 1940. In 1945 Ella Stern was naturalized as a citizen of the United States. Ella and Ernst Stern ran a dressmaking company on Broadway on the Upper West Side and resided in the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City. Ernst Stern died in May 1965. Ella Stern died on May 19th, 1979.


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This collection documents the personal and professional lives of Ella (née Kalt) and Ernst Stern. It contains official records and papers concerning their careers in Vienna until 1938 as well as documents about the dressmaking business they ran in Manhattan after their immigration to the United States.


The collection consists of one series.

Related Material

The book “Ich bin der Letzte, der dazu schweigt”, a collection of essays by Eduard Bernstein, is available through the Leo Baeck Institute Library, Call Number: st 5406

Guide to the Papers of Ella and Ernst Stern 1906-1979 AR 25860
Processed by Katharina Menschick
© 2019
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States