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Walter Breslauer Collection

Identifier: AR 4129

Scope and Content Note

The Walter Breslauer Collection may be viewed online.

Writings of Walter Breslauer in folder 1 are primarily about legal matters, such as his contributions in AJR Information under the heading „Law and Life“, touching on family law, estate law, refugee status and other aspects of life in Great Britain. Other publications include ‘Council Correspondence’, Aufbau, and various others.

In folder 2 and 3, the reader will also find Breslauer’s essays on international law and on questions concerning restitution for German refugees. Also included throughout the collection are articles about Jewish personalities of the time, in form of contributions to anniversaries or obituaries, as well as articles about the Jewish community in Berlin.

Folder 4 contains six handwritten letters from Rabbi Leo Baeck to Walter Breslauer, 1945-1956; they were donated to the LBI Library by Walter Breslauer’s daughter, Ilse B. Wolff in 1981. There is also a telegram from a 1958 URO staff conference to Breslauer, thanking him for his contributions.

Folder 5 is the copy of a 401 page typescript, ‘Etat der Juedischen Gemeinde Berlin fuer das Jahr 1936’ by Walter Breslauer.


  • 1928-1981

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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 lawyer Walter Breslauer, born 1890 in Berlin, was the administrative director of the Jewish community in Berlin, 1931 to 1936, and later vice-president of the Council of Jews from Germany in London, where he died in 1981.


5 Folders


Published articles by the lawyer and Jewish community leader Walter Breslauer on matters of interest for German Jewish refugees after World War Two, including legal matters; international law; questions concerning restitution for German refugees; articles about Jewish personalities; and articles about the Jewish community in Berlin.


  1. Part I: Newspaper articles, 1928-1973
  2. Part II: Articles in journals, Festschriften, etc., 1938-1972
  3. Part III: Correspondence, 1945-1981
  4. Part IV: Etat der juedischen Gemeinde Berlin, 1936

Other Finding Aid

During processing in 1981, Ilse Turnheim wrote a detailed, item level inventory list on eight typescript pages. This list is included in folder 1 of the present collection.

Related Material

See also the Walter Breslauer Family Collection, AR 2365, with a range of documents concerning the relations of Breslauer’s ancestors to the Jewish community of Posen;and the Walter Breslauer Papers, ME 71, containing manuscripts of memoirs and draft articles.

Separated Material

The following writings have been removed to the LBI Library: Walter Breslauer’s doctoral thesis, ‘Zwingende Normen im Recht der deutschen buergerlichen Ehe’, [Goettingen 1914]; ‘Zum Recht der Eheschliessung und Ehescheidung der in Deutschland wohnenden auslaendischen Juden‘, in: Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstage von Moritz Schaefer, 1927; ‘The private international law of succession in England, America and Germany’, 1937; and contributions about Carl Fuchs, Arthur Lilienthal, and Richard Schaefer in ‘Bewaehrung im Untergang‘, 1965.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Inventory of the Walter Breslauer Collection, 1928-1981 AR 4129
Processed by Ilse Turnheim
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States