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Erwin Taenzer Collection

Identifier: AR 25675

Scope and Content Note

The collection provides insight into the impact of the emergence of Nazi Germany on the family of a German rabbi, Aron Tänzer, specifically his son, Erwin. Series I contains correspondence between various family members and Erwin over the time span from 1932 to 1969, which describes family emigration and Aron’s career. Series II comprises official documents, and newspaper clippings, which document Erwin’s childhood and his father’s legacy.


  • 1923-2007
  • Majority of material found in 1930s


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

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

Erwin Taenzer was born on May 29, 1914 to Dr. Arnold (Aron) Tänzer, and his second wife, Bertha Tänzer, née Strauss. Dr. Aron Tänzer was a rabbi, who served the German town of Göppingen until his death in 1937. Erwin Taenzer had one sister, Ilse, as well as several half-siblings: Paul, Fritz, Irene, and Hugo. After training to become an electrician, Erwin immigrated to the United States circa 1937. Erwin’s wife was Ruth Taenzer, née Schiller.


0.75 Linear Feet


The correspondence, newspaper clippings, and official documents contained in this collection chronicle the impact of World War II on the life of Erwin Taenzer, an electrician and the son of a rabbi, and his extended family.


The collection is arranged in two series:

Related Material

Related are the Arnold Tänzer Collection (AR 485 / MF 705) and the Ruth Schiller-Taenzer Collection (AR 11863).

Processing Information

The processing of this collection has maintained the original order in which the materials were donated.

Guide to the Erwin Taenzer Collection 1923-2007 AR 25675
Processed by Madeleine Ostertag
© 2016
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from ErwinTaenzer.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States