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Jacob Bernays - Hans Bach Collection

Identifier: AR 7168 / MF 605

Scope and Content Note

Autographs of Bernays and transcripts, made by Bach, of correspondence by Bernays, including correspondence with Georg von Bunsen, Christian Karl von Bunsen, Heinrich Graetz, Eduard Lasker, Theodor Mommsen, Max Mueller, Ernst Renan, and Franz von Roggenbach.

Material on Bernays’s father, Rabbi Chacham Isaac Bernays, relates to the controversies over education and religious practice among the Jews of Hamburg during the 1820s.

Correspondence of Hans Bach concerning his work on a planned edition of Jacob Bernays’s collected writings, includes correspondence with David Baumgardt, Werner Cahnmann, Max Gruenewald, and Hans Liebeschuetz.

See Inventory List.


  • 1840-1937


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, use MF 605.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

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


Biographical Note

Born in Stuttgart in 1902, Bach received a doctorate in German literature from the University of Berlin in 1928. He was an author and editor until his emigration to Great Britain in 1939, and continued his literary work there, including his biography of Jacob Bernays. Bach died in London on December 5, 1977.


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Correspondence and other documents collected and written by Hans Bach for the publication of his book about Jacob Bernays and the history of German Jewish intellectual life in the 19th century. Also included are autographs pertaining to Jacob Bernays and materials about his father, Rabbi Chacham Isaac Bernays.

Other Finding Aid

3-page inventory.


Collection is available on microfilm (MF 605).

Related Material

Hans Bach’s book is available in the LBI Library : „Jacob Bernays. Ein Beitrag zur Emanzipationsgeschichte der Juden und zur Geschichte des deutschen Geistes im neunzehnten Jahrhundert“. Tuebingen, J. C. B. Mohr, 1974. LBI call number P 85 B4 Z53.

Guide to the Jacob Bernays - Hans Bach Collection, 1840-1937 AR 7168 / MF 605
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 30, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States