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Max Meir Spangenthal Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 68

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of various materials pertaining to Max Meir Spangenthal.

It contains correspondence including letters pertaining to Spangenthal's employment as Hebrew teacher at Jewish schools in Chicago and New York, his work for the Jewish education committee of New York (1948-1965), and to his restitution payments (Wiedergutmachung) and his efforts to regain German citizenship (1983-1997), furthermore, documents pertaining to Spangenthal including university certificates, a certificate pertaining to his studies at the rabbinical seminary in Berlin, certificates of naturalization (for Palestine and the United States), clearance certificates, and a copy of his dissertation in law.

The collection also holds manuscripts by various authors including the draft of a speech titled "yahadut germania ka-yom" [title] (typescript, 6 pp.) about Jewry in Germany today presumably by Shlomo Aronson, and clippings pertaining to various topics.

The collection also contains materials (notes, correspondence, clippings, and photographs) pertaining to a research on the Jewish history of Spangenberg (Hesse) and the fate of its Jewish inhabitants during the Shoah including correspondence.


  • 1933-1997, undated

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew.

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

Max Meir Spangenthal was born in Spangenberg in 1910. He studied law in Cologne, Bonn, and Frankfurt a. M., and attended the rabbinical seminary in Berlin. He taught at various Jewish schools in Germany from 1933 to 1938, immigrated to Palestine and continued teaching until 1947. Around 1948 he moved to the United States and worked as a Hebrew teacher in Chicago and New York, however returned to Israel after several years. Spangenthal died in 1999.

Max Spangenthal wrote an article for the Bulletin of the Leo Baeck Institute on Spangenberg (Spangenthal, Max: Eine hessische Kleingemeinde. In: Bulletin des Leo Baeck Instituts 69 (1984). pp. 53-66).


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The collection consists of various materials pertaining to Max Meir Spangenthal.


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

Guide to the Max Meir Spangenthal Collection,1933-1997, undated  LBIJER 68
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2014
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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