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Frieda Hirsch Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 30

Scope and Contents

"Mein Weg von Karlsruhe ueber Heidelberg nach Haifa" is the memoir of Frieda Hirsch (née Goldberg) (1890- ). She describes the history of her parents, her upbringing in Karlsruhe as daughter of a well-to-do Jewish-orthodox family, her education at a humanistic high school (Gymnasium), her university studies (medicine) in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Breslau (1908-1913), and life during World War I in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. She married Albert Hirsch (1887-1954) in 1915, a medical student and member of the Zionist student organization "Verein Juedischer Studenten" and settled in Heidelberg, where Albert worked as a pediatrician. Frieda Hirsch tells about life in Heidelberg, the births and upbringing of her children, various friendships (among others with Georg Hermann, Frieda Reichmann, Erich Fromm, and Eugen Taeubler), Zionist activities of her husband, and first anti-Semitic persecutions in Heidelberg in 1933. She gives detailed testimony of her emigration from Heidelberg via Salzburg and Triest to Haifa, where the family settled, of the difficult first years in Palestine with her husband opening a new medical office, and describes her experiences during World War II in Haifa, the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 and moving to Kiryat Ono after her husband's death in 1954.

The second text, an attachment of Hirsch's memoir, contains a genealogical table and a detailed history of Frieda Hirsch's (née Goldberg) and Albert Hirsch's families.


  • 1965


Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

Access Restrictions

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

Digitized versions of the texts are accessible through the Leo Baeck Institute New York (Call number: ME 303).

Biographical Note

Frieda Hirsch was born in Karslruhe in 1890 to an orthodox Jewish family. Her father Moses Goldberg was a co-owner of the Strauss & Co. bank, her mother was a daughter of the Frankfurt banker Lassar Mainz. She studied medicine in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, and Breslau and settled in Heidelberg after marrying the physician Albert Hirsch. She was the president of the women’s lodge in Heidelberg. 1933 the family immigrated to Palestine and settled in Haifa. After her husband's death in 1954 Frieda Hirsch moved to Kiryat Ono. She died in 1973.


2 Folders