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Martin Buber Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 105

Scope and Content Note

The collection holds materials by and about Martin Buber.

Series I contains various manuscripts, in particular typescripts (carbon copies) of lectures Martin Buber gave at the "Freie Juedische Lehrhaus" in Frankfurt a. M. between ca. 1934 and 1936.

Among the typescripts are:

"Die Maechtigkeit des Geistes" (typescript (carbon copy), 19 pp.) given on October, 14, 1934; "Nachbemerkungen zu der 4. Lehrhausrede ueber die Maechtigkeit des Geistes" (typescript (carbon copy), 3 pp.) (1934); "Juedischer und christlicher Messianismus" (typescript, 2 pp.) (1934); "Eroeffnung des Fruehjahrstrimesters 1934" (typescript (carbon copy), 16 pp.); a lecture about "talks on Judaism" "Gespraeche ueber das Judentum") (typescript (carbon copy), 20 pp.) (1936); "Arbeitsgemeinschaft ueber "Das Judentum im Zusammenhang der Weltreligionen'" (typescript (carbon copy), 8 pp. (incomplete)) (1936); "Was bedeutet die 'Auserwaehltheit Israels'?" (typescript (carbon copy), 10 pp.( (undated); untitled text on Jewish history (typescript (carbon copy), 37 pp.).

These typescripts werein its majority given to the LBI by Magda Levi in 1971.

Magda Levi worked at the "Freies Juedische Lehrhaus" (probably as a secretary). There are several photocopies of letters from Buber to Levi attached about matters pertaining to the "Lehrhaus".

Further manuscripts by Buber include two texts he wrote for the "Mitteilungsblatt", "Fuer Kurt Blumenfeld" (handwritten manuscript, 1 pp.) and "Ueber ein Zusammentreffen und was daraus folgte" (handwritten manuscript, 3 pp.).

Series I also holds correspondence by Martin Buber, primarily with Hans Tramer about topics such as publications by Buber in the "Mitteilungsblatt", anniversaries of Buber (1953, 1958), and the literary estate of Buber.

Other correspondents include:

Carlebach, Alexander; Irgun Olei Merkaz Europa; Levin Goldschmidt, Hermann; Moses, Siegfried; Nussbaum Meinhold; Simon, Ernst; The Jewish Review.

Series II contains manuscripts about Martin Buber including minutes of LBI meetings pertaining to Buber (1962, 1966) and "Martin Buber und die Prophetie" (typescript (photocopy) 23 pp.) by Ernst Simon (conference paper) (1978), and other materials such as a photograph of Martin Buber's grandfather Simon Buber.

In addition, series II contains clippings of texts written by Buber himself (1933, 2003), clippings pertaining to anniversaries of Martin Buber, and obituaries for Martin Buber.


  • 1921-2003

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

Born in Vienna on February 2, 1878, Martin Buber studied philosophy and art history at various European universities. He later became active in the Zionist movement, and renowned author, editor, and publisher. Moving to Berlin in 1906, and to Heppenheim near Frankfurt a. M. in 1916, he published highly regarded philosophical and theological works. He was a lecturer at the "Freie Juedische Lehrhaus" in Frankfurt a. M., Buber immigrated to Palestine in 1938, where he taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until his death on June 13, 1965.

He was a board member of the LBI Jerusalem and published articles in the "Mitteilungsblatt", the weekly of the IOME (Irgun Olei Merkaz Europa).



9 Folders


The collection holds materials by and about Martin Buber.


  1. Series I: Manuscripts and Correspondence by Martin Buber
  2. Folder 1: Various Lectures by Martin Buber at the "Freie Juedische Lehrhaus" in Frankfurt a. M.; 1921-1971
  3. Folder 2: Various Lectures by Martin Buber at the "Freie Juedische Lehrhaus" in Frankfurt a. M. and Clippings; 1934-1955
  4. Folder 3: Two Handwritten Manuscripts (later Published in the "Mitteilungsblatt"); 1953, 1959
  5. Folder 4: Correspondence of Martin Buber; 1948-1964
  6. Series II: Documents and Printed Matter
  7. Folder 5: Manuscripts of Others about Martin Buber; 1963-1984, undated
  8. Folder 6: Clippings of Texts by Martin Buber; ca. 1933, 2003
  9. Folder 7: Clippings pertaining to Anniversaries of Martin Buber; 1943-1963
  10. Folder 8: Obituaries for Martin Buber; 1965
  11. Folder 9: Clippings pertaining to Anniversaries of Martin Buber (after his passing); 1966-1978, 2006


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

Guide to the Martin Buber Collection, 1921-2003  LBIJER 105
Processed by LBI Staff
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States