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Akiva Ernst Simon Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 768

Scope and Contents

Folder I contains correspondence between Simon and Joseph Walk (1934-1941, mostly in Hebrew, hand-written); with Fritz Tau (1953-1984, German, mostly postcards, hand-written); and with Hans Tramer (1957-1976, German, mostly hand-written).

Folder II contains correspondence between Simon and the Leo Baeck Institute, Bita’on publishing, Irgun Olei Merkaz Europa, David Ben-Gurion, Frosx(?), Eli Rothschild, and others (1923-1983, German and Hebrew, mostly hand-written).

Folder III contains booklets, off-prints and clippings of articles and lectures by Simon concerning education, humanism and Zionism, as well as several publications dedicated to Martin Buber. Some of the publications bear hand-written dedications from Simon to Avraham Frank (1935-1986).


  • 1923-1986


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection has been digitized.

Biographical / Historical

Akiva Ernst Simon was born in Berlin in 1889, served in the German army during World War I, and received his doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1923. He migrated to Palestine in 1928, joined the education department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1938, and in 1967 received the Israel Prize in education. He also was among the founders of the Leo Baeck Institute. Besides his academic and intellectual activity in the fields of Jewish philosophy, humanistic Judaism, and education, Simon was a leading figure in several political groups that strived for Jewish-Arab understanding and peace, such as Brit Shalom and Ihud. Simon passed away in 1988.


3 Folders


The collection contains various documents pertaining to Akiva Ernst Simon.


This collection is arranged in two series.

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1923-1984
  2. Series II: Publications, 1935-1986
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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