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Ettlinger-Nachmann Family Collection

Identifier: AR 5644

Scope and Content Note

This collection mainly documents the professional life and restitution efforts of Hugo Friedrich Nachmann with a few materials relating to other family members or to the family as a whole. The materials include legal records, correspondence, university transcripts, obituaries, and a family tree.


  • 1907-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1980


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is 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 "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Hugo Friedrich Nachmann (alternatively Friedrich, Frederick, or Fritz) was born on March 14, 1889 in Rastatt, Germany. Between 1908 and 1912, he attended university in Heidelberg, Geneva, Strasbourg, Freiburg, and Berlin and began a career in journalism thereafter. He married Hilda (alternatively Hilde) Ettlinger on June 27, 1919.

Starting in 1920, Friedrich Nachmann worked as the business editor for the Frankfurter Zeitung in Frankfurt am Main. In 1934, he was ousted from this position and from membership in the Reichsverband der deutschen Presse (Reich Association of the German Press) following the introduction of National Socialist laws regarding leadership of the press, particularly the Editorial Law of October 4, 1933. He was given a lower-paying position in the advertising department of the Frankfurter Zeitung until 1937, when he was forced out of this position as well.

Friedrich and Hilda Nachmann immigrated with their three children to the United States in July of 1937 and eventually settled in Forest Hills, New York.

Friedrich filed for restitution for damages to his career advancement and to his wealth and property. His claims were successful, and he eventually received a monthly pension from the German government. After his death in 1975, Hilda Nachmann successfully secured a pension from the German government as his widow.


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This collection documents the Ettlinger-Nachmann family from World War I through the 1980s with an emphasis on the journalist Hugo Friedrich Nachmann (1889-1975). The materials include correspondence, legal records, university transcripts, obituaries, and a family tree. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and legal records related to the restitution claims made by Friedrich Nachmann between 1950 and 1970.


Materials are separated by document type or topic, and the collection is arranged in chronological order. Undated restitution documents were placed at the beginning of the series of folders containing other restitution documents because of their contextual relationship.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to folders 11, 12, and 20 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers interested in materials in these folders may contact the LBI Archivist at

Related Material

Lothar Nachmann, the son of Friedrich and Hilda Nachmann, wrote the memoir The Old Order Changeth, which is held in the LBI Archives and can be viewed online.

Photographs of the Ettlinger-Nachmann family are held in the LBI Photograph Collection. A portrait of Emil Ettlinger can be viewed online.

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Materials were flattened. Duplicates were removed except where the original was already extremely brittle and in danger of losing content when handled. Because of the extent of restitution papers, they were separated chronologically in order to facilitate research.

Guide to the Ettlinger-Nachmann Family Collection 1907-1984 (bulk 1950-1980) AR 5644
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States