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Peter Freund Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 443

Scope and Contents

Folder 1 contains a manuscript for a seminar titled Das religiöse Problem der Meyerschen Menschen (1929) and a diploma from Berlin University (1927).

Folder 2 contains a thesis titled die Entwicklung des Normbegrieffs von Kant bis Windelband, including a bibliography (160 pages, missing cover, ca. 1933).

Folder 3 contains drafts and manuscripts of sermons delivered by Freund (hand-written and typescript, 1917, undated).

Folder 4 contains manuscripts of poems and translations by Freund, including a translation of "Arje Baal Guf," a story by Chaim Nachman Bialik, and many copies of a translation of Bialik's poem "Jehi Chelki Imachem" (hand-written and typescript, undated; probably published in Palestine).

Folder 5 contains a manuscript titled "Jossel Lobgesang" and a short article by Freund about the story (ca. 1937).

Folder 6 contains two Purim bulletins of the Tcheleth Lavan youth movement, Trautenau, Czechoslovakia (1936-1937); a Purim theatre play (undated); a Rosh Hashanah bulletin of the Jewish community of Trautenau (September 1936); invitations to Freund's lectures (1935-1938); a copy of the Hegge newspaper (Hebrew, April 1944).

Folder 7 contains some correspondence between Freund and his family members (hand-written and typescript, 1928-1996). This folder also includes correspondence concerning Freund’s migration to the USA, his search for a position as a rabbi (1938-1940), and reference letters from various Jewish communities in Berlin and Bonn (1927-1938).

Folder 8 contains a manuscript titled Reise nach Israel 26. April bis 15. Mai 1957 and describing a visit to Israel (undated, author unknown). The folder also contains Bibliographie der Schriften der edition Dr. Peter Freund, Jerusalem (von Felix Daniel Pinczower, 1974) and Freund's business card.

Folder 9 contains doctorate diploma from the Friedrich Wilhelm University Berlin (1933).


  • 1917-1996


Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection has been digitized.

Biographical / Historical

Peter Freund, son of the jurist and scholar Ismar Freund, graduated from Berlin University in 1933 and served as a rabbi in several German communities. Freund migrated to Palestine in the 1930s and married Ruth Helge Joachimsthal. The couple returned to Germany in 1937 to visit Peter Freund's mother, and following the 1938 pogroms the couple migrated to the USA. They subsequently moved back to Palestine, where Peter ran a publication house for German literature.


9 Folders