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Pepper Family Collection

Identifier: AR 26010

Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two series in one box. Series I relates to the collection’s two main subjects, Saul and Dora Pepper, and documents their lives in Germany, Poland, and the United States. Series II focuses on the Peppers’ finances, taxes, and restitution claims.


  • 1910s-1987
  • 1955-1975


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German, with some Polish and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. The tax documents (Folder 7), however, have restricted access because they contain sensitive information.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact: Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011 email:

Biographical / Historical

Saul Pepper (1910-1979) was born Szloma Pieprzynski in Wloclawek, Poland and changed his name when he arrived in the United States in 1947. He opened a grocery story in New York City in 1948. Dora née Eisen Pepper (1918-1987) was born in Berlin to Emma née Lowenthal Eisen and Pinkas Eisen; she worked as a dressmaker in Berlin from 1933 to 1937. The Nazis forced Dora to work in an arms factory from 1940 to 1943. In 1943 she went into hiding in Berlin and immigrated to the United States in 1947. Dora and Saul got married in 1948; they had one son, Peter Barry Pepper.


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This collection documents the lives of Saul Pepper (1910-1979) and his wife Dora née Eisen Pepper (1918-1987); it focuses on restitution, with extensive compensatory financial documents.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  • Series I: Saul and Dora Pepper, Family Materials 1910s-1987
  • Series II: Saul and Dora Pepper, Finances, Taxes, and Restitution 1943-1987

Related Materials

This collection is an addendum to the original Pepper-Eisen Family Collection, AR 25068.

Processing Information

This collection has been processed for the first and so far, only time; there are no previous inventories or finding aids describing the collection. The materials arrived in two boxes, with no particular arrangement or organization. The collection originally included banking materials (notices, receipts, pay stubs), most of which have been removed because they contain sensitive information. The materials have been rearranged into two series. Items are placed together according to chronology and document type.

Guide to the Papers of the Pepper Family
Processed by Matthew Hauptman
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