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Lebach Weilheimer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25050

Scope and Content Note

This collection mainly documents the finances and investing history of Grete Lebach née Weilheimer (1910-1998) and her husband Erich Lebach (1905-1988). The bulk of the materials include correspondence, receipts, ledgers, and statements from the investment firm Wertheim and Co. as well as some bank records and checks. Also included are financial reports for Lebach-Hagen Shirt Co. (later Pennshire Shirt Co.), the shirt retail business where Erich Lebach worked. A few more personal items make up a smaller part of the collection, such as the contents of Grete Lebach’s handbag that she had while immigrating to the United States and correspondence from Erich Lebach requesting a short deferral of military service to organize his business affairs before joining the army in 1942.


  • 1924-1973


Language of Materials

The collection is in English with a few documents in German.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

Biographical Note

Grete Lebach was born Grete Weilheimer on February 28, 1910 to Martin Weilheimer (1877-1961) and his wife Ida. She was confirmed into the Jewish religious community of Nurnberg in 1924. In 1939, she immigrated via Cuba to the United States, where she met her husband Erich Lebach (1905 - 1988). He had already emigrated in 1936 and worked as the manager of a shirt retail business, Lebach-Hagen Shirt Co. Grete’s parents immigrated to the United States in 1941 with Erich’s support. Grete and Erich Lebach had two daughters, Dorothy and Joan.


0.75 Linear Feet


This collection contains the bank and investment records of Grete Lebach née Weilheimer (1910-1998) and her husband Erich Lebach (1905-1988) as well as a few personal items. The materials date from the time of Grete Lebach’s immigration to the United States in 1939 through the early 1970s and include personal bank and investment records, ledgers, correspondence, financial reports, and a few personal items such as notes and introduction cards.


The collection is arranged chronologically. Where appropriate, materials were separated according to whether they pertained to Erich or Grete Lebach.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Separated Material

Books originally donated with the collection were removed to the LBI Library.

A handbag and typewriter belonging to Grete Lebach were removed to the LBI Art and Objects Collection.

Processing Information

A binder holding the Chase bank information together was removed, and the materials were kept in the same order.

Guide to the Lebach Weilheimer Family Collection 1924-1973 AR 25050
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States