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Ettinghausen-Oppenheimer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 6346

Scope and Content Note

The Ettinghausen-Oppenheimer Family Collection contains the papers of members of the Oppenheimer, Ettinghausen and related families. The bulk of the records pertains largely to the Oppenheimers, and date from the nineteenth century. In both series of the collection, individual family members are listed with multiple names, both first and last. The practice of changing names was common for this time period. The collection includes various official, military, educational, legal and business papers along with some family correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a few photographs.

Series I consists of papers that relate to the family in general or to multiple or unidentified family members. In addition to some information on the Oppenheimer and Ettinghausen families, members of the Bass and Braunschweig families are also located here.

Series II holds the bulk of the collection, with papers of individual family members or couples, including many members of the Oppenheimer family. Series II contains various official documents for family members, among them letters of protection (Schutzbriefe) for Loeb Ettinghausen, Mendle Herz and information on one for Moses Michel Oppenheimer. Other family documents in this series include birth certificates, marriage contracts, wills and other information relating to family estates which often list family members' descendants. Business papers for a few family members, including Moses Michael, Joseph and Salomon Oppenheimer are also present as is personal correspondence from family members to Salomon Oppenheimer.


  • 1797-1936;1962-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1840-1872


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish.

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

Herz Marcus Oppenheimer and his wife Helene resided in Frankfurt am Main, where Herz Marcus had a business, H. Marcus Oppenheimer & Kirchberg. They had seven children: Moses Michael (also called Moses Michael Herz or Moritz), Therese, Marcus, Julie, Joseph, Johanna and Bernhard.

Herz Marcus and Helene Oppenheimer's eldest son Moses Michael was married twice. In 1843 he married Schönle Braunschweig; they had seven children before she died in 1851: Herz Moritz (who died in childhood), Salomon, Josef, Ludwig, Marcus, Alexander Schilo, and Henriette. In 1854 Moses Michael Oppenheimer married the widow Minna Bass (born Oppenheimer) of Frankfurt am Main, whose first husband Salomon Jacob Bass had died in 1853.

In 1882 Henriette Oppenheimer, daughter of Moses Michael and Schönle Braunschweig, married Hermann Ettinghausen. They had three children: Moritz (also known as Maurice), Walter (later known as the Israeli diplomat Walter Eytan), and Hannah. Moritz Ettinghausen married Hedwig Kahn; their son Ernest married Hildegard Rothschild.


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The Ettinghausen-Oppenheimer Family Collection holds the papers of members of the Oppenheimer, Ettinghausen and related families. Much of the collection consists of a comprehensive assortment of birth and death certificates, last wills, military documents, school reports, marriage contracts, estate inventories for various family patriarchs, and other financial papers. Notable are two letters of protection (Schutzbriefe) for two family members.

Other Finding Aid

An older folder-level list of items in the collection is available.

Separated Material

Some photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection, including a photograph of a hand-painted portrait of Minna Oppenheimer.

Processing Information

During the processing of the collection in October 2013 it was separated into two series, with folders arranged alphabetically.

Guide to the Papers of the Ettinghausen-Oppenheimer Family 1797-1936, 1962-1995 AR 6346
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2013
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Ettinghausen-OppenheimerFamily.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