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Ignaz Ziegler Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 35

Scope and Content Note

Folder 1 contains Ignaz Ziegler's autobiographical text "Der Roman meines Lebens" (typescript with handwritten notes, additions, and corrections, 24+2 pp.).

Ziegler describes his Jewish orthodox upbringing in Alsókubin (Unterkubin), Svatý Mikuláš, Ružomberok and Trenčín, the conflict between the orthodox and liberal Jewish communities, his own turn to liberal Judaism, and his life in Budapest and Breslau and his studies at the rabbinical seminaries (among his teachers were in Budapest Wilhelm Bacher, Moses Loeb Bloch, and David Kaufmann, in Breslau Abraham Rosin and Heinrich Graetz).

Ziegler was appointed rabbi at the Jewish community of Karlsbad, a position he held for fifty years. He describes his work for the Jewish community including his efforts to build a Jewish hospital (founded in 1909) and a Jewish home for the elderly. He also tells about his publications (e.g. "Volksschriften ueber die juedische Religion"), lectures, and intellectual experiences with other scholars.

This memoir is partly based on an autobiographical sketch from "Ein Volksbuch ueber die Propheten Israels", published in 1938.

Folder 2 includes correspondence of Ziegler, and two typescripts of Friedrich Thieberger about Ziegler, "Zum Andenken an Br. Ignaz Ziegler" (4 pp.), an obituary, and "Aus Ignaz Zieglers selbstbiographischen Aufzeichnungen. Vorbemerkung" (17 pp.), an introduction to Ziegler's "Der Roman meines Lebens", in which Thieberger describes his own encounters with Ziegler and his sermons.

Folder 3 contains various photographs of Ignaz Ziegler himself as well as his teacher David Kaufmann, and others.


  • Creation: undated, circa 1912-1949

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew, Czech.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Ignaz Ziegler was born in Alsókubin (Unterkubin), Hungary, in 1861. He was educated at the Rabbinical Seminary and at the University of Budapest (Ph.D. 1888) and the Rabbinical Seminary in Breslau (for one year). Immediately after his graduation he was appointed rabbi of the Jewish community of Carlsbad, a position he held until his emigration in 1938.

Through his efforts the Kaiser Franz Josef Regierungs-Jubilaeum Hospiz was erected at Carlsbad to provide food, shelter, and medical treatment for poor Jews from Eastern Europe.

In 1938 he immigrated to Palestine and settled in Jerusalem, where he died in 1948.


3 Folders


Folder 1 contains Ignaz Ziegler's autobiographical text "Der Roman meines Lebens" (typescript with handwritten notes, additions, and corrections, 24+2 pp.).

Other Finding Aid

English language summary on file.

Related Material

The library of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem holds several publications by Ignaz Ziegler.


This collection is located at LBI Jerusalem. For information on accessing the collection please visit their website:

Guide to the Ignaz Ziegler Collection, undated, circa 1912-1949  LBIJER 35
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States