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Eva Stroh Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25394 / MF 1070

Scope and Content Note

The Eva Stroh Family Collection provides material on the lives and family history of members of the Sondheimer and Stroh families. The collection consists of numerous photos and several photo albums, family trees, official documents, correspondence, published articles and clippings and some notes, a notebook documenting cultural activities and some daily calendars.

The bulk of this collection focuses on the Sondheimers and related families. Prominent among these are the many photographs that comprise Series IV. Earlier photo albums frequently have notations identifying individuals among their pages. Basic biographical information on family members will be found in the official papers of Series I, which includes several passports and identification papers, as well as in the family trees and notes of Series III. A small amount of letters of family members is located in Series II: Correspondence. Noteworthy are the copies of letters of Martin Feist, the most extensive correspondent of the series, whose letters home document his experiences in the first World War in detail. Series V presents further biographical details in the articles on family members, including an article on the family business, Beer, Sondheimer and Co.. The folder of articles and published material on the Literaturhaus Frankfurt, an institution located in the former Sondheimer home, also mentions some facts about the family.

This collection contains a smaller amount of documentation on members of the Stroh family. Most comprehensive is the folder of official papers for family members in Series I; Oscar Stroh predominates here with a brief biography, some includes a short memoir for a cousin of Oscar Stroh as well as a poem used at the wedding of Oscar Stroh and Eva Sondheimer. An article by Leopold Stroh is located among the articles of family members in Series V.


  • 1860-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1912-1950

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in English and German, with some Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials. (Note: The first page of each folder in the digitized version shows the collection title as Oscar Stroh Collection, which is the former title of this collection.)

Collection is microfilmed - MF 1070.

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.

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 Sondheimer family had a long history in Germany. Research indicates the family may originally have derived from the town of Sondheim (in Franconia) or from Sontheim (in Baden-Württemberg), with some family members dispersing to Frankfurt am Main while others went to Hanau, where they intermarried with the Ettlinger family. Among the Hanau descendants was the Rabbi Mosche Tuvje Sondheimer (1753-1830). In 1870 the firm Beer, Sondheimer and Co. was founded in Frankfurt am Main by Isaac Leopold Beer and Moses Tobias Sondheimer (named for his abovementioned grandfather).

Albert Sondheimer was a co-owner of the family firm as well as a chemist and active in Jewish philanthropies. As a younger man he traveled a great deal for business purposes. He and his wife Margarete Sondheimer (née Cohn), originally of Frankfurt an der Oder, had four daughters: Auguste, Erne, Annelies and Eva. Albert Sondheimer was a co-owner of the Beer Sondheimer company, which operated in the metal and ore industry. In 1912 Albert Sondheimer developed kidney disease and following doctor's orders spent several months living in Helouan, Egypt (near Cairo) with his wife to recover. During the first World War he commissioned a delivery service to bring books to the German soldiers on the front. In 1932 the family left Germany for Holland and in 1939 immigrated to the United States.

Eva Gabriele Sondheimer was born on October 9, 1917 in the family home in Frankfurt am Main. She married Oscar Stroh and they had one son.


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This collection documents the family history and lives of the family members of Eva Stroh, including members of the Sondheimer and Stroh families, as well as papers pertaining to related families. A small amount of material also related to the family firm, Beer, Sondheimer and Co.. The collection includes many photographs and albums, official papers, correspondence, family trees and charts, published articles and notes, daily calendars and a notebook.


Collection is available on microfilm (MF 1070).

Related Material

The LBI Library holds some materials related to the Sondheimer Family:

  1. Worte der Erinnerungen an Herrn Moses Tobias Sondheimer by Markus Horovitz [BM 744.3 S65]
  2. Die Hanauer Rabbiner Mosche Tobias (Raw Mosche Tuvje) Sondheimer und seine Nachfahren in der ehemaligen Frankfurter Metalfirma von Weltruf Beer, Sondheimer und Co. by Ludwig Rosenthal [DS 135 G4 H36 R58]
  3. Wer kauft Lyrik? by Albert Sondheimer [st 647]

Processing Information

During the processing of the archival collection, papers were grouped together by format or subject in order to form series. Folders were additionally assigned titles based on their contents.

Guide to the Papers of the Eva Stroh Family 1860-2005 AR 25394 / MF 1070
Processed by Jerry Lindenstrauss and Dianne Ritchey
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from EvaStroh.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 2010: : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States