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Abraham Salomon Weissman Collection

Identifier: AR 25865

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials pertaining to the life and work of Abraham Solomon (Salo) Weissman(n). Series I includes correspondence and official documents from a binder that has been preserved in its original order. A significant portion of the series is made up of affidavits of support and correspondence attempting to help family and friends immigrate to the U.S. Personal documents in the binder include materials about Abraham’s military service, education, and finances. Series II is made up of personal and family documents along with photographs. The bulk of the materials in this series document the everyday aspects of pre-war life in Germany. Personal materials include school records, identification cards, report cards, and school photographs. Among the family materials are a marriage certificate, passports, trade license, and banknotes.


  • 1907 - 1982


Biographical Note

Abraham Solomon (Salo) Weissman(n) was born in Offenbach, Germany on February 25, 1911 to Jakob Weissmann (1869, Łańcut, Poland - 1953, New York, NY) and Feiga Deborah, née Gruenbaum (1883, Poland - 1973, New York, NY). He had three siblings, Irving (Isaak) Weissmann (1908 -1993), Julius Weissmann (1912-1995), and Dina Weissmann Schertzer (1919 – 2018). After graduating from Samson-Raphael-Hirsch-Schule, a Jewish orthodox high school in Frankfurt am Main, he studied medicine at the Goethe University, acquiring his M.D. in 1935. He immigrated to the U.S. in June 1937, where his brother Isaak lived since 1929, and was joined by his parents and the rest of his siblings. Abraham married Phyllis née Fink (1914, London, England - 2016, New York, NY) in 1942 and their son, Charles Weissman, was born on April 24, 1951. During the war, Abraham was conscripted into the American army and served as a medical officer. After his return, he continued working as a physician. He died in New York, NY on October 16, 2005.


0.75 Linear Feet

1 Folders (1 oversized folder in a shared box)

Language of Materials






The collection contains materials pertaining to the life and work of Abraham Solomon (Salo) Weissman(n). Materials in this collection include official documents, correspondence, and photographs. Most of the materials pertain to everyday life in pre-war Germany, as well as the struggle to help people escape the country during the war.


The collection had been arranged thematically. Original order when applicable was preserved.

  1. Series I: Personal Papers (pre-arranged)
  2. Series II: Personal and Family Papers

Separated Materials

Deutsche Einheit, Deutsche Freiheit. Gedenkbuch der Reichsregierung zum 10. Verfassungstag 11. August 1929 was moved to the LBI Library.

A commemorative plate was removed to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection.

Processing Information

During processing, folders were grouped to form series and subseries. Original order when applicable was preserved.

Guide to the Papers of Abraham Solomon Weissman
Processed by Agata Sobczak
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States