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Fleischmann Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25349

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to three brothers: Martin, Justin, and Ernst Fleischmann.

The collection is primarily the educational and professional materials of Ernst Fleischmann. These include diplomas and report cards, letters of recommendation from BMW, a 1930 issue of the BMW airplane engine division's magazine, a doctoral dissertation by Anton Väth dedicated to Fleischmann, clippings, correspondence, and his 1942 patent for a jacketed bullet. Also found here are a German drivers license and the 1934 commendation given to all front-line veterans of World War One.

The Martin Fleischmann folder, in addition to a photocopy of three obituaries, includes a photocopy of a photograph of all three brothers in military uniform.

The Justin Fleischmann folder contains a small handwritten diary kept during his service with the 'List Regiment' (RIR 16), from 1917 to 1918.

The collection also includes a humorously drawn map of Upper Bavaria.


  • 1916-1979


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Historical Note

Ernst Fleischmann (1899-1993) earned his initial chemistry degree from the Technical University of Munich in 1924, and subsequently headed the laboratory of the Bavarian Motor Works. He earned an engineering doctorate in 1932. After leaving Germany in 1936, he immigrated to the United States, where he worked as a metallurgist for the Copperweld Steel Company in Glassport, Pennsylvania. While there, he invented and patented a jacketed bullet with improved accuracy.

Martin Fleischmann (1897-1979) left Germany in the 1920s for the United States. He became a metallurgist in Canton, Ohio, specializing in high-strength steel for jet engines that were used by Allied fighters during World War Two.

Justin Fleischmann (1898-1993), as well as his two brothers, served in the German Army during World War One.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box) plus one oversize folder (OS 130) and one oversize roll (OS 130)


This collection contains materials relating to three brothers: Martin (1897-1979), Justin (1898-1993), and Ernst Fleischmann (1899-1993). This collection primarily contains the educational and professional materials of chemist Ernst Fleischmann, but also includes a World War One diary of Justin Fleischmann.

Processing Information

Duplicates of Ernst Fleischmann's 1932 diploma were discarded.

Guide to the Fleischmann Family Collection undated, 1916-1979 AR 25349
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • March 26, 2015 : 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