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Ullmann Family Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 85

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains primarily correspondence (Series I) by members of the Ullmann family.

Subseries 1 consists of letters mostly written by Kaete [Katharina] Ullmann (née Nathanson), her husband Adolf Ullmann and his sister Minna Ullmann and were sent from Berlin to Kaete and Adolf's children Hans, Hanna Ida, and Walter Ullmann in Palestine.

The letters reflect the situation of Jews in Berlin and daily life under the national socialist regime.

Subseries 2 includes correspondence of Hans Ullmann and other family members with various people. Most of the letters (especially after November 1938) document Hans Ullmann's efforts to assist his parents and aunt in escaping Germany (including correspondence with "Jewish Agency", "Hitachdut Olei Germania"). Other letters pertain to the deportation of Kaete, Adolf and Minna Ullmann (e.g. goodbye letter of Kaete Ullmann to her brother Albert Nathanson), and to their murder by the Nazis presumably in Auschwitz in 1943.

The correspondence of Hans Ullmann after 1945 includes letters pertaining to a trial against National Socialist Theodor Kohlrusch. It also contains a letter (handwritten (carbon copy), 31 pp.) and other materials by Hans Ullmann about the family history, other materials pertaining to the history of the Ullmann family in Altkarbe (Neumark) and factory for paper manufacture. In addition, the subseries consists of correspondence of Hans Ullmann with the LBI Jerusalem pertaining to the donation of materials.

Series II consists of mixed materials including two texts by Hans Ullmann, titled "Konzentrationslager Sonnenburg" (typescript, 9 pp.) about his experiences as prisoner in the concentration camp, and the short article "I Remember Summer 1914" (typescript, 3 pp.), as well as documents pertaining to the factory for paper manufacture of the Ullmann family.


  • Creation: 1933-1996


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, French, and 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

Hans Ullmann was born in 1908. He worked for the factory for paper manufacture of his father since 1931. In 1933, Ullmann, his younger brother Walter (1910- ) and father Adolf were arrested and brought to the concentration camp Sonnenburg. Shortly after his release in 1935 Hans Ullmann immigrated with his wife Irma (née Gotthelf) to Palestine, his brother Walter and sister Hanna Ida Ullmann (later Kersch) (1915- ) followed shortly after. Hans Ullmann eventually settled in the Kibbutz Naan.

The Ullmann family owned a paper factory in Altkarbe (Neumark). In 1925 the company went bankrupt and the family moved to Berlin pertaining a smaller printing and paper business (Ullmann & Comp., Berlin, Papierwaren Buchdruck, Steindruck).


10 Folders


The collection contains primarily correspondence (Series I) by members of the Ullmann family.


This collection is arranged in 2 series.

  1. Folder 10: Manuscripts by Hans Ullmann, Documents of the Ullmann Family; circa 1933, 1940, 1975, undated

Other Finding Aid

English summary and German family tree on file.


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

Guide to the Ullmann Family Collection, 1933-1996  LBIJER 85
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2014
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