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Joseph Hirsch Collection

Identifier: AR 6538

Scope and Content Note

The Joseph Hirsch Collection contains documents of the Hirsch family and other related families, such as official documents, correspondence and photographs. Most of the papers in this collection document the genealogical research of Joseph Hirsch. There is, for example, much correspondence with different persons and institutes from different places concerning his research. Furthermore there are family trees and information about Schaffa, the town where Joseph Hirsch's fathers' family comes from.


  • 1802-2015


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and Czech, with a very small amount in Slovak.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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

Joseph Hirsch was born in 1943 in New York City. His father Max Hirsch was born in 1908 in Vienna and his mother Paula Hirsch (née Eckhaus), who came to Vienna in 1917 as a war refugee, was born in 1907 in Czernowitz (today Chernivtsi, Ukraine). Max and Paula Hirsch immigrated to the United States in 1939 with the help of Josephine Reisch, Paula's sister, who had already come to the United States in 1930. Max Hirsch had a sister, Jenny Hirsch. Together with her son Wilhelm Brückner she was deported to Opole in 1941.

Wilhelm Hirsch, the father of Max Hirsch, was born in Schaffa (today Šafov, Czech Republic) in 1862. Johanna Hirsch (née Weinberger), the mother of Max Hirsch, was born in St. Georgen (today Svätý Jur, Slovakia) in 1874.

Joseph Hirsch studied Talmud at the Yeshiva College in New York City. He graduated from College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received an M.H.L. and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1974 he earned a Doctorate of Hebrew Literature in Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Throughout his career, Rabbi Hirsch served at various congregations in Massachusetts, Ohio, Japan, California, New York and Pennsylvania. He retired from Temple Beth Shalom at Palm Coast, Florida in 2005, after 36 years in the rabbinate.


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The Joseph Hirsch Collection contains papers of the Hirsch family and other related families and documents gathered during genealogical research. There is correspondence concerning his research, as well as family trees and information about Schaffa, the town where Joseph Hirsch's fathers' family came from.

Related Material

Austrian Heritage Collection: See also AHC interview with Joseph Hirsch (AHC 133).

Separated Material

Two photographs of the cemetery in Schaffa have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

The collection formerly consisted of two collections, which were rearranged to one collection.

Guide to the Papers of the Joseph Hirsch Collection 1802-2015 AR 6538
Processed by Maria Jäger
© 2017
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from JosephHirsch.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 16, 2018 : 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