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Arthur and Ottilie Bleier Collection

Identifier: AR 25272

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged in two series and predominantly contains personal documents, most of which are of an official and educational nature, as well as some photographic material and a few artifacts. Series I contains the textual material, i.e. documents. The documents shed light on Arthur's career as a physician, the Bleiers' internment in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and their immigration to the U.S.A. The photographic material in Series II depicts members of the Bleier Family, e.g. Arthur and Ottilie Bleier, but also their children Lisa, Anna and Peter. Ephemera include relics from the Holocaust, i.e. yellow stars, armbands from Theresienstadt as well as Czech and Austrian banknotes.


  • Creation: 1884-1952


Language of Materials

The 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

Arthur Bleier was born on December 23rd, 1874, in Vienna to Ignaz and Pauline (née Stein) Bleier. In 1892 he passed his "Matura" at the Kaiserlich-Koenigliche akademische Gymnasium in Vienna. From 1892 to 1898, he studied medicine at the Kaiserlich-Koenigliche Universitaet, Vienna. From November 1896 to the end of the summer term 1897, he studied as a studiosus medicinae at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet in Heidelberg. In June 24th, 1898, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. From 1900 to 1910, Arthur was a medical assistant at the Allgemeine Poliklinik Wien. In 1910, Arthur was appointed director of the newly created department of internal medicine and the laboratory at the Kaiser Franz Joseph Ambulatorium in Vienna. From 1906 onwards, Arthur was an inactive member of the Austrian Landwehr’s medical staff and was promoted every four years: from medical assistant to regiment’s physician, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. Arthur was a member of the kaiserlich-koenigliche Gesellschaft der Aerzte in Wien (since 1908) and the Herzstation (since 1931) and a decorated medical officer in World War I.

On May 3rd, 1904, Arthur married Ottilie Schnabl. Ottilie was born on November 28th, 1879 to Jacob and Emilie "Eva" (née Bloch) Schnabl. They had three children, Lisa (born 1905), Anna (born 1907), and Peter (born 1914). Anna and her husband, Hans Frey, fled Vienna in 1939 to England and then to Chicago. In 1947, Lisa lived in India and Peter in Australia. According to Arthur's obituary, Peter died six months before Arthur, i.e. approximately in August, 1950.

In 1942, Arthur and Ottilie Bleier were deported to Theresienstadt, but survived the Holocaust due to the fact that Arthur had to take care of the slave laborers' health. They returned to Vienna in 1945, and two years later they joined their daughter in Chicago. Arthur died February 2nd, 1951, and Ottilie on May 5th, 1952.


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This collection holds the papers of Arthur and Ottilie (née Schnabl) Bleier. It primarily contains personal documents, such as educational and official papers. Prominent topics are Arthur Bleier's career as a physician and the Bleiers' internment in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. In addition to the textual material, the collection holds some photographic material and some artifacts from the Holocaust, i.e. yellow stars and armbands.

Processing Information

Several oversized documents from Series I regarding Arthur Bleier were placed in an oversize folder. These documents are predominantly of an educational nature, such as Arthur Bleier's "Matura" certificate, University certificates and other certificates of Arthur's academic education. Furthermore, some documents regarding his career as a physician were put in the oversize folder as well as a certificate for his military decoration.

Guide to the Papers of Arthur and Ottilie Bleier 1884-1972 AR 25272
Processed by Joern Esch
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Arthur_and_OttilieBleier.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 22, 2014 : 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