Max and Eva Feuermann Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises four series.
Series I contains records of Max Feuermann’s academic career as well as professional references, followed by correspondence with several Berlin universities.
Series II contains professional references from Eva Feuermann’s fashion career in Berlin, as well as concept drawings and correspondence with friends and family.
Series III contains records of the Free Sons of Israel Benevolent Association, Liberty Lodge No. 192., largely regarding its duties as a burial society.
Series IV contains the Feuermanns’ personal photograph collection with photographs of Max and Eva Feuermann, as well as friends and family, at leisure.
- Majority of material found within 1933-1977
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German, with some Hebrew.
Max and Eva (née Hausen) Feuermann were both born in Berlin on November 13, 1911, and July 19, 1913, respectively, although they would not meet until both were in exile. Max pursued a degree in medicine with aspirations to practice until barred from university by anti-Semitic legislation, an injustice he would attempt to rectify in 1946 and 1970 but to no avail. Eva worked as a seamstress while studying to become a fashion designer, producing concept drawings of women’s dress. Both received notice in late 1938 that they were banished from the country, having already been stripped of their citizenship, and were accepted as refugees by the United Kingdom. There Max found work as a paint chemist, the career he would follow for the remainder of his professional life, before meeting Eva and marrying her in London on October 27, 1939. The couple moved to New York, New York in 1948, where they would live the rest of their lives and become naturalized citizens in 1954. By 1961 Max and Eva were officers in the Free Sons of Israel Benevolent Association, Liberty Lodge No. 192, a Jewish cultural association and burial society managing the sale of plots in the Beth El and Cedar Park cemeteries in Paramus, New Jersey, and the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, New York. Eva served as secretary to the lodge while Max was its president until his death in an accident on February 14, 1977; Eva continued to serve as secretary under Max’s successor, Ernest Weiss, whom she would marry on January 27, 1979, and be with until her death on December 31, 1999.
1 Linear Feet
1 Folders (1 oversized folder in a shared oversized box.)
This collection pertains to the lives of Max and Eva (née Hausen) Feuermann, who were both exiled from their respective homes in Berlin in 1938. It contains extensive correspondence between Eva and her parents, who remained in Berlin, up until 1943, as well as documents relating to Max’s academic and professional life prior to exile. Half of the collection consists of materials of the Free Sons of Israel Benevolent Association, Liberty Lodge No. 192, a Jewish cultural association and burial society in New York; these records consist largely of cemetery plot deeds.
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I: Max Feuermann Papers, 1911-1977
- Series II: Eva Feuermann Papers, 1911-1998
- Series III: Liberty Lodge Materials, 1902-2009
- Series IV: Photographs, 1921-1977
- Berlin (Germany)
- Burial registers
- Carlebach, Shlomo, 1925-1994
- Drawings (visual works)
- Fashion design
- Feuermann, Max, 1911-1977
- Independent Order Free Sons of Israel
- Jewish cemeteries
- Jews -- Music
- Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
- London (England)
- Maps (documents)
- New York (N.Y.)
- Official documents
- Paramus (N.J.)
- Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982
- Weiss, Eva, 1913-1999
- West Babylon (N.Y.)
- Guide to the Max and Eva Feuermann Collection
- Processed by Andrew Kaiser
- Language of description
- Script of description