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Rudolf Kommer Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 389

Scope and Content Note

Series I, which constitutes the bulk of the collection, contains primarily letters (transcripts) by Rudolf Kommer to various people, including:

Cooper, Alfred Duff; Einstein, Albert; Galsworthy, John; Gest, Morris; Hofmannsthal, Hugo von; Kahn, Otto; Kaiser, Georg; Kerr, Alfred; Massary, Fritzi; Maurier, Daphne du; Mendelssohn, Eleonora; Pallenberg, Max; Polgar, Alfred; Reinhardt, Max; Snowden, Ethel; Thimig, Helene; Werfel, Franz; Woolcott, Alexander. A larger amount of letters is addressed to the actress and writer Diana Cooper, Viscountess of Norwich (1892-1986) (23 letters).

In these letters Kommer writes about performances of "The Miracle" and other theatre and film productions especially of director Max Reinhardt in Hollywood, New York, Vienna, London, and especially Salzburg, including the Salzburg festival (Salzburger Festspiele). Most of the letters refer to vaious plays and playwrights, actors, directors, theater critics, and other figures who were connected to the world of theater in Europe and the USA (e.g. Hugo von Hofmansthal, Alfred Kerr, and especially Max Reinhardt). In these letters Kommer writes among other things about his trips to Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Greece and describes his career as journalist and upbringing in Chernivtsi.

The series also contains the transcript of a long letter by Max Reinhardt to Kommer from 1942 (15 pp.) reflecting on their cooperation.

Series II contains manuscripts by R. Kommer including poems and the typescript "Erzbischof Firmian, Max Reinhardt und Morris Gest. Aus den 'Mirakel' Tagen auf Schloss Leopoldskron" (9 pp.) recalling the cooperation with Max Reinhardt in Salzburg, and various clippings of theater reviews and other articles by Kommer and articles pertaining to him from 1908 to 1926.

Series III contains various materials (correspondence, clippings, photographs etc.) pertaining to R. Kommer and his collection, including correspondence between Salomon Adler-Rudel (LBI Jerusalem) and Rudolf Hirsch about letters of R. Kommer.


  • 1908-1972

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, 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

Rudolf K. Kommer, journalist and impresario, was born in Chernivtsi in 1886.

Since approximately 1908, he worked as correspondent and theater critic in Berlin, London, and New York. In 1922 Kommer became Max Reinhardt's impresario especially for guest performances in the English speaking countries. He was for instance in charge of the performances of "The Miracle" by Karl Vollmoeller in the USA in the 1920s, and responsible for many performances in Salzburg especially during the 1930s.

Kommer also translated English poetry and several plays into German.

In 1933 Kommer immigrated to the USA and settled in New York. During the 1930s, Kommer supported several Jewish emigrants in leaving Germany including Alfred Kerr and Hermann Sinnsheimer.

He died in New York in 1943.


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Series I, which constitutes the bulk of the collection, contains primarily letters (transcripts) by Rudolf Kommer to various people, including:


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

Guide to the Rudolf Kommer Collection, 1908-1972  LBIJER 389
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