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Kurt Zander Collection

Identifier: AR 4371

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into three broad categories, which each are assigned a single folder. The first folder, documents and papers, contains family papers of Zander's maternal ancestors (Prager family), including a Bürgerbrief, as well as various personal papers pertaining to Kurt Zander himself, including honorary certificates, citizenship documents, and memorial poems. Also in this folder is a bound volume of Kurt Zander's published pamphlets, often signed and dedicated by Zander himself, on the Baghdad Railway and his tenure with the Anatolische Eisenbahngesellschaft. Related to these materials is a passport located in the oversized folder. The bulk of the second folder, correspondence, consists of letters written by Martha Brunnemann, the governess of Zander's children, during the Zander's time in Greece and Turkey in 1904-1905. Also located in this folder is a letter from Albert Ballin and a condolence letter from Deutsche Bank written upon Zander's death. Finally, the photographs folder contains primarily images of various members of the Zander and Prager families, but there are also photos of their homes in Stettin and Greece as well as images of art objects in their collection. A photograph of a portrait drawing of Kurt Zander signed and dedicated by Zander to his daughter is located in the oversized folder.


  • 1838-1926


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and Turkish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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.

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

Zander was born Johannes Kurt Zander in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) in 1860 and studied law. In 1894 he married Gertrud Simon. He was closely involved in the Anatolische Eisenbahngesellschaft (Anatolian Rail Company, now Anadolu Demiryolu Şirketi) during its attempts to build the Baghdad Railway in 1904-1905, and his family kept a house on the Aegean island Prinkipo (now Büyükada, Turkey), during this endeavor. Starting in 1905 he was the second director of Deutsche Bank. Zander died in 1926.


4 Folders (+1 OS)


This collection contains family papers of the Zander and Prager families, as well as some of Kurt Zander's personal papers. There are several photographs of various family members and family homes in Prussia and Turkey, and a body of correspondence which documents the Zander family's time in Turkey and Greece in 1904-1905.

Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

Separated Material

A bound volume of photocopies of Zander's published writings regarding his Middle Eastern railroad endeavors, as well as photocopies of a published collection of German Foreign Ministry documents regarding the Baghdad Railway have been removed to the Kurt Zander Clippings Collection , AR 4371 C .

A portrait photograph of Kurt Zander and other photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing History

Original collection was processed by Turnheim in 1978. Timothy Ryan Mendenhall re-processed the collection for digitization in 2011 March in order better to incorporate later addenda.

Kurt Zander Collection, 1838-1926   AR 4371
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2011
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 03, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • March 24, 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