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Fritz Raphael Aronstein Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 46

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials pertaining to Fritz Rafael Aronstein.

The first folder contains manuscripts by F. R. Aronstein on Jewish history and historians, German-Jewish authors and other topics. Among the texts are "Rankes Bemerkungen zur Judenfrage" (typescript, 3 pp.; circa 1925), "Oncken: Die Wandlung des Geschichtsbildes der revolutionaeren Epochen" (manuscript, 3 pp.; circa 1935, with attached newspaper article by H. Oncken from 1934), a typescript on German-Jewish authors including a list of authors and short biographies (typescript, 11 pp.; after 1933), "Bemerkungen zur Haltung des geistigen Deutschland in den Jahren der Nazi-Herrschaft. Nach den Tagebuchaufzeichnungen von Ambassador Dodd" (typescript, 28 pp.; after 1942, with attached handwritten excerpts from E. Dodd's diary), a translation of G. E. Lessing's "Die Juden" into Hebrew (handwritten, 44 pp.; undated), "Eine Novelle von Grimmelshausen" (typescript, 10 pp.; undated), and a small Judeo-German dictionary titled "Judendeutsch (Viehaendlersprache)" (handwritten, 33 pp.; 1946).

The second folder contains materials pertaining to F. R. Aronstein's parents. A biography of his father Philipp Aronstein (1862-1942) (bound typescript 179+6 pp.; 1944, with photographs and attached family tree), and a genealogical table of his mother's, Luise Aronstein née Scholtz, family.

The third folder contains transcripts by unidentified persons including six medieval German poems and a text from 1510 pertaining to the Jews of Braunschweig. Some of the transcripts contain handwritten notes by F. R. Aronstein.

The forth folder contains various offprints by F. R. Aronstein (Hebrew) mostly on medieval historical topics, clippings, flyers on the political situation in Palestine (circa 1946-1948) with markings by Aronstein, a brochure of the "Ahdut" school (Kiryat Motskin) containing an obituary on F. R. Aronstein (Hebrew) (1952), and materials pertaining to his inheritance.


  • undated, 1925-1998

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew, English.

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

Fritz Rafael Aronstein was born in Berlin in 1912 as son of Philipp and Luise Aronstein (who both were murdered in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt). He studied in Germany and belonged to a Zionist youth movement. He emigrated from Germany to Palestine – as it seems – only after 1938 and worked as a teacher (for some time at the middle school "Ahdut" in Kiryat Motskin). He died in 1952.


4 Folders


This collection consists of materials pertaining to Fritz Rafael Aronstein.


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

Guide to the Fritz Raphael Aronstein Collection, undated, 1925-1998  LBIJER 46
Processed by LBI Staff
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Language of description
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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