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Margot Gerson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6146

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes theater programs, clippings, a company history, and a few personal documents and papers pertaining to the maternal relatives of Margot Gerson née Horwitz, including the Stern family (especially the opera singer Frieda Ernesti (Lachmann-Stern), the Hess/Hessdörffer families, and the Schiff family.

The Hess/Hessdörffer family chronicle and tree provides useful information on the linkages between these individuals and families. Of particular note is the small collection of theatrical programs and clippings pertaining to Frieda Lachmann Stern's (stage name Frieda Ernesti) career, which included several engagements at the German front during World War I.

Dates

  • 1890-2003

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Margot Gerson's mother, Erna Horwitz-Stern (1890-1951), was born in Aschaffenburg and lived in Berlin. Her siblings included Annie Stern (later Schiff), Frieda Lachmann-Stern, and Otto Stern, a banker in Switzerland and Paris who died in World War I.

Margot Gerson's aunt, Frieda Lachmann-Stern, studied in Prague and Vienna and became a notable opera singer under the stage name Frieda Ernesti, sometimes Frieda Lachmann-Ernesti. Her engagements included: Deutsches Landestheater Prague, Stadtheater Kiel, Fronttheater der 1. Armee during World War I, Rostock. She married Julian Lachmann, emigrated to Great Britain and later to the United States, where she died in 1950.

Extent

9 Folders (+ 1 OS)

Abstract

This collection includes theater programs, clippings, a company history, and a few personal documents and papers pertaining to the maternal relatives of Margot Gerson née Horwitz, including the Stern family (especially the opera singer Frieda Ernesti (Lachmann-Stern), the Hess/Hessdörffer families, and the Schiff family.

Related Material

See also Erna Horwitz-Stern's memoir Trip to Palestine in May/June 1934, LBI call number ME 1237.

See also Carl Hesdörffer's memoir Aus meiner Zeit und meinem Leben 1868-1938, LBI call number ME 281.

Separated Material

Photographs removed to the Photograph Collection.

Clippings in this collection are photocopies; original clippings have been removed to rare archives stacks, R38.
Title
Guide to the Margot Gerson Collection, 1890-2003  AR 6146
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 27, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States