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Karl D. Darmstaedter Collection

Identifier: AR 15 / MF 581

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and autographs, including letters from former residents of Mannheim, as well as Rabbi Joseph Carlebach, Rabbi Jacob Hoffman, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Jacob Rosenheim, Felix Theilhaber, Fritz von Unruh, and Karl Wolfskehl.

Clippings, notes, photos of synagogues and cemeteries, organizational records, and official and private documents about Jews in southwestern Germany, especially in Baden and the Palatinate including material from Alsberg an der Bergstrasse, Birkenau, Ettenheim, Grosbliederstroff, Karlsruhe, Königswart, Ladenburg, Memmingen, Mannheim, Neckarbischofsheim, Sugenheim, Weinheim, Worms, and Zwingenberg, as well as Amsterdam and Prague, from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

Material on the Ephraim Deinard collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Lists of refugees deported from Gurs and Rivesaltes internment camps; correspondence with former residents of Mannheim interned in Gurs and Récébédon, including Eugen Neter.

The following places are mentioned in this collection:

Alsberg/Bergstrasse; Amsterdam; Baden; Berlin; Berlin-Spandau; Birkenau (Concentration or internment camps); Boettigheim; Czechoslovakia; Dachau (Concentration or internment camps); Ettenheim; Fuerth; Grosbliederstroff; Gurs (Concentration or internment camps); Karlsruhe; Koenigswart; Ladenburg; Mannheim; Memmingen; Muehlhausen; Neckarbischofsheim; Palatinate; Poland; Prague; Recebedou (concentration or internment camps); Rivesaltes (internment camp); Sugenheim; Switzerland; Weinheim; Worms; Zwingenberg

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection:

Baer, Max; Beer-Hofmann, Richard; Bialik, Chaim Nachman; Bin Gorion, Micha (Berdyczewski, Micha); Carlebach, Joseph; Cremieux, Adolphe; Deinard, Ephraim; Deutschlaender, Leo; Eisenstadt, Judah David; Eisenstein, Judah David; Finkelstein, Louis; Frank, Ludwig; Ginsburger, W.; Goslar, Hans; Greilsheimer, J.; Heilbronn, Siegfried; Herzl, Theodor; Hoffman, Jacob; Hoffman, Jacob; Kassewitz, Sigmund; Kussewitz, S.; Lamm, Louis; Liptzin, Sol; Loeb, Ferdinand; Loewe, Heinrich; Mosbacher, Leopold; Neter, Eugen; Neter, Mia; Neter, Richard; Pinkuss, Dr.; Posner, Alfred; Rosenheim, Jacob; Rothschild, Lehrer; Sabbatai Zvi; Schachnowitz, S.; Schnitzler, Arthur; Scholem, Gershom; Schwarzschild, Ignaz; Simon, Leopold; Sobernheim, Moritz; Theilhaber, Felix; Unna, Isak; Unruh, Fritz von; Wise, Stephen; Wolfskehl, Karl; Wuerzburger, Hedwig


  • Creation: 18th century-1972


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English and Hebrew.

Access Information

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

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.

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, use MF 581

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

Born in Birkenau on September 25, 1892, Karl D.Darmstaedter emigrated to the United States via the Netherlands in 1939-1940. He settled in Washington, D.C., and was active as an author, poet, and professor of German. He died in 1984.


0.75 Linear Feet


Correspondence and autographs, including letters from former residents of Mannheim, as well as Rabbi Joseph Carlebach, Rabbi Jacob Hoffman, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Jacob Rosenheim, Felix Theilhaber, Fritz von Unruh, and Karl Wolfskehl.


Series I: Communities A-Z Series II: Jewish celebrities A-Z Series III: Misc. Series IV: Documents Series V: Correspondence Subseries 1: Letters to Karl Darmstaedter by Jewish celebrities; 1927-1954 Subseries 2: Letters from Jewis in Mannheim to Darmstaedter; 1939/1940 Subseries 3: Letters from others; 1928-1945 Series VI: Personal items Series VII: Ephraim Deinard Collection, Washington Series VIII: Addenda

Other Finding Aid

12-page inventory.


Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 581). Last folder, of Plate Glass Negatives, is not on microfilm.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Carlebach, Rabbiner Joseph. "Ritualmord?" Sonderbeilage zum Israelitische Familienblatt, 6/14/34. Moved from collection to library. (BM 717 A2 C37)

Guide to the Karl D. Darmstaedter Collection, 18th century-1972 AR 15 / MF 581
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 17, 2012 : 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