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Arno Kornhauser Collection

Identifier: AR 25265

Scope and Content Note

The Arno Kornhauser Collection consists of documents pertaining to the Kornhäuser and Klein families in Kraków and Berlin. Folder one includes legal documents, correspondence and other materials, mostly related to the business endeavors of the Klein and Kornhäuser families in the clothing and fabric industries. Many of the documents are photocopies. Also included are the identification cards of Gerhard and Arno Kornhäuser in various Jewish organizations, as well as wedding invitations.

Folder two includes photographs and postcards of the Klein and Kornhäuser families in Kraków and Berlin, mostly consisting of photocopies. Folder three includes school records from Kraków and Berlin, including records from Jewish schools. Most of these documents are report cards for Arno Kornhäuser; also included are the school notebooks of Kornhäuser and of Rozalia Beckmann, who married into the Klein family.

Folder four includes documents related to the Zionist movement in Berlin in the 1930s, including a membership card for Gerhard Kornhäuser in the Berliner Zionistische Vereinigung and pamphlets on the Youth Aliyah Movement. Also included are documents pertaining to the Jewish sports association Bar Kochba-Hakoah, including a poster for the 1935 Makkabi Tennis Meisterschaften. Also included in the collection is a poster from Max Reinhardt's 1912 production of Oedipus Rex.


  • 1861-1943
  • Majority of material found within 1912-1943


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with some Polish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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 "Reserve" 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

The Klein and Kornhäuser families were related through marriage and were largely centered in Kraków and later in Germany. They worked in the clothing, fabric and shoe industries. Gerhard Kornhäuser was born in Poland in 1913 and emigrated from Kraków to Berlin. He was active in the Zionist movement and was a member of the Jüdischer Kulturbund; he died in 1992 in the United Kingdom. Arno Kornhäuser was born in 1918 and was educated in Berlin; he immigrated to New York and later moved to Florida.


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The Arno Kornhauser Collection includes documents pertaining to the Kornhäuser and Klein families in Kraków and Berlin, including their business dealings and role in the Jewish community.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Separated Material

Emily J. Harding's Zloty wiek dzieciecy; Julia Darowska's Listy krakowianki jako nagroda dla pilnych panienek; Juliusz Starkel's W szarej godzinie; and Manfred Georg's Räubergeschichten were removed from folder three to the LBI Library during processing.

Guide to the Arno Kornhauser Collection 1861-1943 AR 25265
Processed by Matthew Johnson
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
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This version was derived from ArnoKornhauser.xml

Revision Statements

  • July 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States