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Barak (Zionist Theater) Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 623

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials pertaining to the Zionist theater "Barak" ("Zionistische Propagandatruppe").

Series I consists of documents pertaining to Hans Anton Wolff's (1906-1974?) "Einer von uns", a play in the form of a "Lehrstueck" depicting the "conversion" of a young assimilated German Jew to Zionism, containing songs and dialogs. The piece was shown at the teacher's seminary (Lehrerseminar) in Berlin in 1932. The series holds two copies of the play (typescripts, 36 and 54 pp.), drafts of single scenes (handwritten and typewritten, partly not included in the play), and two versions of a speech by H. A. Wolff on the occasion of the play's performance in Berlin ("Vorrede") (typescript, 7 pp., manuscript, 9 pp.).

Series II contains various materials not related to "Einer von uns", however primarily pertaining to H. A. Wolff and the theater "Barak". It includes manuscripts such as a speech about the movement "Bne Chorin"(typescript, 14 pp., incomplete) by an unidentified author, a typescript titled "Wandlungen! Vom alten zum neuen Kartell" (typescript, 8 pp.) by H. A. Wolff and Heinz Gerling about the "Kartell Juedischer Verbindungen" (K.J.V.), "Judenfragen"(manuscript, 4 pp.) presumably by H. A. Wolff, and "Barak – eine Methode zionistischer Werbung" by H. A. Wolff (typescript and manuscript, 5 pp. and 8 pp.), drafts of scenes from unknown play(s) presumably by H. A. Wolff including a scene for a "K.J.V. Revue" titled "Palestine!" (typescript, 1 p.), a storyboard (notes of the director) of an unknown play with instructions for the performance (notepad), correspondence (Chitzes, Leon; K.J.V.; Keren Kayemet ; Wolff, Hans Anton), documents (including a CV by H. A. Wolff, a contract between the "Zionistischen Vereinigung fuer Deutschland" and "Barak" pertaining to the rights of the play "Die einzige Loesung" by Salli Lewin and Daniel Sambursky from 1932).


  • 1926-1932, undated


Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

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

The Zionist theater "Barak" was presumably founded by students of the Zionist fraternity Maccabaea (V.j.St. Maccabaea) in Berlin. Leading members were Hans Anton Wolff and Leon Chitzes. Wolff wrote at least one play for the theater.

Hans Anton Wolff was born in Frankfurt a. M. in 1906. He studied chemistry in Bremen, Freiburg, and Berlin. He was a member of Zionists organizations (e.g. V.j.St. Maccabaea, Blau-Weiss youth movement). In 1933, Wolff immigrated to Palestine and settled in Haifa. He died presumably in Tel Aviv in 1974.


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The collection contains materials pertaining to the Zionist theater "Barak" ("Zionistische Propagandatruppe").


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Guide to the Barak (Zionist Theater) Collection, 1926-1932, undated  LBIJER 623
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