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Social Security Papers of the Spiegel Family

Identifier: AR 25878

Scope and Contents

The collection contains primarily documentation about pension payments for Norma Ruth Spiegel and her son Alan Jay Spiegel. Box 1, Folders 1 and 2 mainly contain papers relating to the widow’s and waif’s pensions received by Norma and Alan Spiegel from Entschädigungsamt Berlin (Berlin Compensation Office) as beneficiaries of their husband and father Siegmund Spiegel, who was persecuted by the Nazis. In addition, Box 1, Folder 1 contains a confirmation from 1952 regarding Sigmund and Norma Schlusselberg’s change of their surname to Spiegel.

Also included are certificates that document income, education and training, health insurance and medical records, as well as information on the social security earnings of Siegmund Spiegel. Box 2, Folders 5 and 6 contain information and correspondence regarding the ”International Agreement on Social Security between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States”, which became effective in the year 1979. Legal correspondence was conducted primarily with the family’s economic advisor, Dr. Werner Feilchenfeld.


  • 1952-1993
  • 1974-1980


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers.

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 Note

Siegmund Spiegel (né Schlusselberg) was born on January 9th, 1912 in Bojanow, Poland and died on May 5th 1963 in New York. His wife Norma Ruth Spiegel (née Gordon) was born on May 22nd, 1917; after her husband’s death, she received a widow’s pension. Their son Alan Jay Spiegel was born on September 22nd 1952 in New York. He attended Yeshiva University High School in New York and later went to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1974. After that, he received training as an Emergency Medical Technician at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico.


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The collection contains legal documents as well as correspondence regarding the German pension for Norma Ruth Spiegel and her son Alan Jay Spiegel.


The collection is arranged chronologically in one series:

Series I: Pension Papers, 1952-1993

Processing Information

The material has been rearranged chronologically into thirteen folders.

Guide to the Social Security Papers of the Spiegel Family
Processed by Hannah Kemper
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