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Margarete Katzenstein Collection

Identifier: AR 25067

Scope and Content Note

The Margarete Katzenstein Family Collection contains information regarding Margarete Katzenstein's life as a physician. This collection includes letters, legal documents, a photo album, and a few photograph slides. The topics of these documents range from her career to her immigration to the U.S.A. in 1940.


  • 1927-1942
  • Majority of material found within 1933-1941


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

Margarete Henriette Katzenstein was born in 1905 in Frankfurt am Main, where her father was a prominent physician. She studied at the Universities of Frankfurt and Heidelberg. In 1929 she became an assistant at the Medizinische Universitaetsklinik, a position which she had to leave in 1933. She then began working at the Krankenhaus der Israelitischen Gemeinde, where she became the chief assistant to Professor Simon Isaac. She also taught at the Verein fuer juedische Krankenpflegerinnen. After Kristallnacht, in November 1938, she wrote to the nephew of one of her patients, who lived in Nashville, Tennessee, asking for an affidavit. After initial complications and an additional affidavit from her cousin, Siegfried Speyer, she was able to immigrate to the U.S.A. in 1940. In 1941, she passed the American Board Examination.


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The Margarete Katzenstein Family Collection contains correspondence, letters of recommendation, contracts, and certificates regarding Margarete Katzenstein's career as a physician. The collection also contains documents and correspondence regarding Margarete Katzenstein's immigration to the USA. Post and prewar photographs are also included in this collection.

Related Material

Isaac Simon ’s memoirs (ME 1366)

Processing Information

The collection had already been organized into five folders and was in chronological order. The five folders were, however, then divided into two series.

Guide to the Papers of Margarete Katzenstein 1927-1942 AR 25067
Processed by Isabelle Ostertag
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from MargareteKatzenstein.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 27, 2014 : 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