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Albert Dann Family Collection

Identifier: AR 98

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a wide variety of materials concerning Albert Dann, his ancestors, and children. Included are genealogical materials, correspondence, official, business, and restitution documents, and biographical information.

The bulk of folder one is from the 19th century and includes the testament of Nathan Abraham Oberndörfer, a drawing (xerox) of Abraham L. Stein (1756-1846, rabbi of Burgpreppach and Adelsdorf), marriage contract of Samuel Beer Dann and Sophie Gundersheim, and an original printed advertisement of Samuel Beer Dann's Frankfurt business (1834). Folder 2 contains pre-WWII business and official documents of Albert Dann, including documents relating to WWI, certificates, the accounting book for the Heymann company (his company as of 1905), and records of anti-Semitic measures taken against him in the 1930s.

Correspondence between Dann and the leaders of the Augsburg Jewish community concerning restitution may be found in folder 3, including details concerning the property of the community which was confiscated and/or damaged and destroyed during WWII. Folder 4 is made up of various correspondence to and from members of the Dann family. Of interest is a letter from Martin Buber to Albert Dann (1953), a letter from Baroness Theresa von Rothschild to Thea Dann on the occasion of the latter's engagement (1899), and post-war correspondence between Albert Dann and Lutheran pastor Hermann Maas.

Folder 5 is composed of biographical information regarding Albert, Sophie, and Gertrug Dann, clippings, condolences on the occasion of Albert Dann's death, and 2 publications of Sophie Dann: An Experiment in Group Upbringing by Anna Freud and Sophie Dann ( New York: International Universities Press, 1951 ) and Beobachtungen an Kleinkindern bei der Anpassung an eine neue Sprache by Sophie Dann ( München: Ernst Reinhardt Verlag, 1960 ).


  • 1819-1978


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

Albert Dann was born in Frankfurt in 1868. His grandfather, Dr. Leopold Stein, was one of the first liberal rabbis in Germany. Albert moved to Augsburg in 1899 and worked in wholesale for lining materials. He was active in the Jewish community's leadership and served in World War I, despite being over the age limit. He was imprisoned in 1938 and emigrated to Palestine thereafter. He died in 1960 in England. For full biography see the biographical abstract, DM 65.

Sophie and Gertrud Dann, Albert's daughters, emigrated to England in 1939. Eventually they both worked at the Hampstead nurseries and in 1945 worked with 6 child survivors of Teresienstadt who were relocated to Bulldogs Bank. Sophie Dann in collaboration with Anna Freud published a study of the children's behavioral and psychological state.


0.25 Linear Feet (5 folders.)


This collection contains a wide variety of materials concerning Albert Dann, his ancestors, and children. Included are genealogical materials, correspondence, biographical information, and official, business, and restitution documents.

Related Material

See also:

  1. ME 103, Erinnerungen , Albert Dann's memoirs
  2. ME 102, Erinnerungen an die Augsburger Jüdische Gemeinde 1912-1959 , Dann's memoirs regarding the Jewish community of Augsburg
  3. DM 65, Albert Dann 1868 - 1960 , Sophie Dann's biographical sketch of her father's life

Separated Material

A portrait photograph of Albert Dann has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection

Guide to the Albert Dann Family Collection, 1819-1978  AR 98
Processed by Julie Dawson
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 21, 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