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Max Meyer Collection

Identifier: AR 25644

Scope and Content Note

The Max Meyer Collection comprises documents related to the life of the Stuttgart-based religious teacher Max Meyer as well as to Jewish life in Germany and newspaper clippings from the 19th century.

Series I holds items pertaining to Max Meyer’s life, mostly connected to his tenure as a religious teacher, scholar and treasurer for the Stuttgart synagogue, including a handwritten list of the gravestones of the Jewish cemetery in Stuttgart-Hoppenlau, Festschriften, embroidery patterns and notebooks.

Series II consists of a wide range of miscellaneous artifacts, which cover a wide time span of Jewish-German history in Germany in general and Württemberg in particular. Of particular interest is an undated partial vellum document, written in German, which may contain some medieval legal agreements. Moreover, this series contains prayer cards, handwritten notes, leaflets, official documents and private documents of unknown individuals from the 19th century. Most documents refer to cities and towns in the German area of Württemberg.

Series III contains three newspaper clippings from the first half of the 19th century.


  • 1791-1937


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Hebrew, and Dutch and Yiddish.

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

Maier Simson Maier, later known as Max Meyer, was born in 1865 in Bibra near Meiningen, Germany, the youngest of three sons of Abraham and Theresa (née Neumann) Maier. His older brother Herman immigrated to Chicago in 1887. Max Meyer trained to be a teacher at the Seminary in Hildburghausen. In 1886, he started his first teaching job in a Jewish school in Bad Bentheim, where he met and married his wife Clara Wertheim (1867-1929). The couple settled in Stuttgart, where Max worked in various positions for the Jewish community from 1894 to 1939. Max and Clara Meyer had three daughters: Therese Wertheim (1896-1982), Rosel Meyer (1897-1906), and Ruth Sichel (1906-1996).

Ruth, her husband Adolf Sichel and their son Martin immigrated to the United States in 1937. Her father Max Meyer joined her in 1939; after the war, he moved to live with his other daughter Therese (Tesi), who had survived the Holocaust in Enschede, Netherlands.


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The collection comprises documents related to the Meyer family and Jewish life in Württemberg as well as newspaper clippings from the 20th century. Mostly it features materials about Jewish life in Southern Germany from the 18th century to the 19th century. Moreover, personal notes from Max Meyer on religious topics, Festschriften and items related to the Jewish graveyard in Stuttgart-Hoppenlau are part of the collection.

Other Finding Aid

An inventory that came with the collection is enclosed in Series I.

Related Material

Biography of Max Meyer, by David Sichel, Barre, Vt., 2015. Call No: DM 251

Separated Material

These books and publications were removed to the LBI Library:

  1. Israelitische Gebetsordnung, 1861
  2. Heilige Schrift (New Testament), 1912
  3. Blessing for the new moon
  4. Sefer, Amsterdam, 1745
  5. Kronor, Theodor: Die Juden in Württemberg, 1899
  6. Kaulla, Max: Beiträge zur Judenemancipation in Württemberg, 1897
  7. Im deutschen Reich. Zeitschrift des Centralvereins deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens, Nr. 1, Vol. IX, Berlin, 1893
  8. K.M.S., Die schöne Lengevitch, 1926 (photocopy)
  9. Hagadah
  10. Wir Friderich von Gottes Gnaden Herzog zu Württemberg …, 1598

Three Issues of “Das Licht”:

  1. Bernfeld, Immanuel, Das Zinsverbot bei den Juden, Berlin 1924
  2. Munk, E., Gefälschte Talmudzitate, Berlin, 1924
  3. Rieger, Paul, Vom Heimatrecht der deutschen Juden, Berlin, 1924

Processing Information

During processing of the collection in February 2017, the folders of the collection were organized into three series. Books and publications were removed to the LBI Library.

Guide to the Papers of Max Meyer undated, 1791-1937 AR 25644
Processed by Jonas Knatz
© 2017
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from MaxMeyer.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 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